Trangsrud, Amy R. (2012) The SPIDER CMB polarimeter. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:07022011-083421311
SPIDER is a balloon-borne millimeter-wave telescope designed to study the polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). SPIDER will map 10% of the full sky with degree-scale beams to search for the distinctive inflationary gravitational wave signal on angular scales between 1 degree and 10 degrees, thereby probing the energy scale of inflation. In its first flight, SPIDER will field 2,400 antenna-coupled bolometers split between two bands centered at 93 GHz and 148 GHz. Slot antenna arrays, band defining microstrip filters and superconducting bolometers are all fabricated photolithographically on a shared silicon substrate. SPIDER's detectors are split amongst six monochromatic on-axis refractors in a shared helium-cooled cryostat. This thesis reviews the design of SPIDER and its antenna-coupled bolometers, and details the currently achieved performance of SPIDER's receivers.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))|
|Subject Keywords:||Astrophysics; Experiment; Cosmic Microwave Background; Polarization; Inflation; SPIDER; Bolometers; Antenna-coupled Transition Edge Sensors|
|Degree Grantor:||California Institute of Technology|
|Division:||Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy|
|Thesis Availability:||Public (worldwide access)|
|Defense Date:||26 July 2011|
|Default Usage Policy:||No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.|
|Deposited By:||Amy Trangsrud|
|Deposited On:||19 Oct 2011 18:55|
|Last Modified:||22 Aug 2016 21:23|
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