2013-2014 Science Planning Summaries
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E & B Experiment (EBEX)

Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

Event Number: A-146-M

ASC POC/Implementer:
John Rand / Brian Johnson

Dr. Shaul Hanany (Principal Investigator)
http://www.physics.umn.edu/cosmology/ebexExternal Non U.S. Government Site

University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Supporting Stations:  McMurdo Station
Research Locations:  LDB Facility at Williams Field

Project Description:
EBEX (E & B Experiment) was a balloon-borne polarimeter designed to measure the intensity and polarization of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation. EBEX will search for signals from the birth of the Universe and from gravitational bending of CMB radiation as it traverses the Universe enroute to the telescope. Measurements of the polarization of the CMB could probe an inflationary epoch that took place shortly after the big bang and significantly improve constraints on the values of several cosmological parameters. EBEX also provided critical information about the level of polarized galactic dust that will be necessary for use during future CMB polarization experiments.

Field Season Overview:
NASA flew this payload during the 2012-13 field season. Support this year is to complete shipment of the EBEX payload and ancillary equipment to back to North America.

Deploying Team Members:

  • Asad Aboobaker
  • Michele Limon

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