2013-2014 Science Planning Summaries
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Cosmological research with the 10-meter South Pole Telescope

Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

Event Number: A-379-S
NSF/OPP Award 1248097

ASC POC/Implementer:
Sune Tamm / Paul Sullivan

Dr. John Carlstrom (Principal Investigator)
http://pole.uchicago.eduExternal Non U.S. Government Site

University of Chicago
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Chicago, Illinois

Supporting Stations:  South Pole Station
Research Locations:  Dark Sector

Project Description:
The South Pole Telescope (SPT) aids cosmological research by measuring the intensity and polarization anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation. The project's goal is detecting all galaxy clusters in this region of the sky through the spectral distortion they impart on the CMB. Called the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect, it has the remarkable property of being independent of the distance to the cluster. The second key project started in 2012 with the installation of an ultra-sensitive polarization receiver. Through measurements of the polarization, researchers can determine the sum of the masses of the neutrinos and either detect or set stringent upper limits on the energy scale of inflation.

Field Season Overview:
This coming austral summer season for the SPT project will be focused primarily on maintenance and calibration. There are no new major upgrades planned.

Deploying Team Members:

  • Lindsey Bleem
  • John Carlstrom (PI)
  • Jason Gallicchio
  • Christopher Greer
  • James Hrubes
  • Nicholas Huang
  • Erik Leitch
  • Daniel Marrone
  • Johanna Nagy
  • Tyler Natoli
  • John Ruhl (Co-PI)
  • Benjamin Saliwanchik
  • Kyle Story

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