2019-2020 USAP Field Season
Imaging the beginning of time from the South Pole: The next stage of the BICEP program
Dr. John Kovac
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Supporting Stations: South Pole Station
This project continues the Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization (BICEP)/Keck/BICEP3 program of observing cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarization while also initiating the phased upgrade to the new BICEP array. This upgrade follows the tradition of improving upon the previous generation’s detectors housed in the mounts originally built for the Degree Angular Scale Interferometer (DASI), then subsequently used by the Small Polarimeter Upgrade for DASI (SPUD) and, most recently, the Keck Array.
Field Season Overview
This season the research team will focus on the large-scale upgrade planned in coordination with ASC to replace Keck Array with the first receiver of BICEP Array. The work will be directed toward three major goals: (1) replacing the DASI mount currently in use in the MAPO tower with a new mount; (2) deploying the first BICEP Array receiver (BA1) operating at 30-40 GHz and retrofitting the Keck receivers into the new mount; and (3) performing maintenance and minor upgrades to the ongoing BICEP3 experiment.
Deploying Team Members