EBEX, the E and B experiment

Joy Didier, Asad M. Aboobaker, Peter Ade, François Aubin, Carlo Baccigalupi, Kevin Bandura, Chaoyun Bao, Julian Borrill, Bikramjit Chandra, Daniel Chapman, Matt Dobbs, Julien Grain, Will Grainger, Shaul Hanany, Kyle Helson, Seth Hillbrand, Gene Hilton, Hannes Hubmayr, Kent Irwin, Bradley JohnsonAndrew Jaffe, Terry Jones, Ted Kisner, Jeff Klein, Andrei Korotkov, Adrian Lee, Lorne Levinson, Michele Limon, Kevin Macdermid, Amber Miller, Michael Milligan, Enzo Pascale, Giuseppe Puglisi, Kate Raach, Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud, Carl Reintsema, Ilan Sagiv, Graeme Smecher, Radek Stompor, Matthieu Tristram, Greg Tucker, Ben Westbrook, Kyle Zilic

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Abstract

The E and B experiment (EBEX) is a balloon-borne telescope designed to measure the polarization of the cosmic microwave background radiation as well as that from Galactic dust. The instrument is equipped with a 1.5 meter aperture Gregorian-Dragone telescope, providing an 8' beam at three frequency bands centered on 150, 250 and 410 GHz. Polarimetry is achieved by rotating an achromatic half-wave plate on a superconducting magnetic bearing. In January 2013, EBEX completed 11 days of observations in a flight over Antarctica covering 6000 square degrees of the sky. This marks the first time that arrays with about 1000 transition-edge sensor bolometers have made science observations on a balloon-borne platform. These proceedings describe the EBEX instrument, the science flight and the status of the data analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 49th Rencontres de Moriond on Cosmology 2014
EditorsEtienne Auge, Jacques Dumarchez, Jean Tran Thanh Van
PublisherARISF
Pages41-44
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9782954640051
StatePublished - 2014
Event49th Rencontres de Moriond on Cosmology 2014 - La Thuile, Italy
Duration: Mar 22 2014Mar 29 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 49th Rencontres de Moriond on Cosmology 2014

Conference

Conference49th Rencontres de Moriond on Cosmology 2014
CountryItaly
CityLa Thuile
Period3/22/143/29/14

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
EBEX is a NASA supported mission through grant numbers NNX08AG40G and NNX07AP36H. We thank Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility for their enthusiastic support of EBEX. We also acknowledge support from NSF, CNRS, Minnesota Super Computing Institute, Minnesota and Rhode Island Space Grant Consortia, the Science and Technology Facilities Council in the UK, Sigma Xi, and funding from collaborating institutions. This research used resources of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, which is supported by the office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy under contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231. The McGill authors acknowledge funding from the Canadian Space Agency, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Canadian Foundation for Innovation and Canada Research Chairs program.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014 Proceedings of the 49th Rencontres de Moriond on Cosmology 2014. All rights reserved.

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