The STRIP instrument of the Large Scale Polarization Explorer: Microwave eyes to map the Galactic polarized foregrounds

Cristian Franceschet, Sabrina Realini, Aniello Mennella, Giuseppe Addamo, Alessandro Baù, Paola M. Battaglia, Marco Bersanelli, Barbara Caccianiga, Silvia Caprioli, Francesco Cavaliere, Kieran A. Cleary, Francesco Cuttaia, Francesco Del Torto, Viviana Fafone, Zunnoorain Farooqui, Ricardo T. Génova Santos, Todd C. Gaier, Massimo Gervasi, Tommaso Ghigna, Federico IncardonaSimone Iovenitti, Mike Jones, Pekka Kangaslahti, Roberto Mainini, Davide Maino, Michele Maris, Patricio Mena, Rocío Molina, Gianluca Morgante, Andrea Passerini, Maria Del Rosario Perez-De-Taoro, Oscar A. Peverini, Federico Pezzotta, Claudio Pincella, Nicolás Reyes, Alessio Rocchi, José A. Rubiño-Martín, Maura Sandri, Stefano Sartor, Mary Soria, Valeria Tapia, Luca Terenzi, Maurizio Tomasi, Elisabetta Tommasi, Daniele M. Viganó, Fabrizio Villa, Giuseppe Virone, Angela Volpe, Bob Watkins, Andrea Zacchei, Mario Zannoni

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Abstract

In this paper we discuss the latest developments of the STRIP instrument of the "Large Scale Polarization Explorer" (LSPE) experiment. LSPE is a novel project that combines ground-based (STRIP) and balloon-borne (SWIPE) polarization measurements of the microwave sky on large angular scales to attempt a detection of the "B-modes" of the Cosmic Microwave Background polarization. STRIP will observe approximately 25% of the Northern sky from the "Observatorio del Teide" in Tenerife, using an array of forty-nine coherent polarimeters at 43 GHz, coupled to a 1.5 m fully rotating crossed-Dragone telescope. A second frequency channel with six-elements at 95 GHz will be exploited as an atmospheric monitor. At present, most of the hardware of the STRIP instrument has been developed and tested at sub-system level. System-level characterization, starting in July 2018, will lead STRIP to be shipped and installed at the observation site within the end of the year. The on-site verification and calibration of the whole instrument will prepare STRIP for a 2-years campaign for the observation of the CMB polarization.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMillimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IX
EditorsJonas Zmuidzinas, Jian-Rong Gao
PublisherSPIE
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781510619692
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
EventMillimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IX 2018 - Austin, United States
Duration: 12 Jun 201815 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
Volume10708
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Conference

ConferenceMillimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IX 2018
CountryUnited States
CityAustin
Period12/06/1815/06/18

Keywords

  • B-modes
  • Cosmic Microwave Background polarization
  • Galactic foreground
  • Ground-based telescope
  • Large scale
  • Polarimeter

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