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Cosmic microwave background science at commercial airline altitudes

Licia Verde;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2017
Abstract
Obtaining high-sensitivity measurements of degree-scale cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarization is the most direct path to detecting primordial gravitational waves. Robustly recovering any primordial signal from the dominant foreground emission will require high-fidelity observations at multiple frequencies, with excellent control of systematics. We explore the potential for a new platform for CMB observations, the Airlander 10 hybrid air vehicle, to perform this task. We show that the Airlander 10 platform, operating at commercial airline altitudes, is well-suited to mapping frequencies above 220 GHz, which are critical for cleaning CMB maps of dust emis...
Subjects
arXiv: Astrophysics::Cosmology and Extragalactic AstrophysicsAstrophysics::Instrumentation and Methods for AstrophysicsAstrophysics::Galaxy Astrophysics
free text keywords: Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics, Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics, air, Planck, hybrid, microwaves, polarization, gravitational radiation: primordial, early Universe, methods: statistical, cosmic background radiation, [PHYS.PHYS.PHYS-INS-DET]Physics [physics]/Physics [physics]/Instrumentation and Detectors [physics.ins-det], [PHYS.ASTR]Physics [physics]/Astrophysics [astro-ph], [ PHYS.PHYS.PHYS-INS-DET ] Physics [physics]/Physics [physics]/Instrumentation and Detectors [physics.ins-det], [ PHYS.ASTR ] Physics [physics]/Astrophysics [astro-ph], Methods: statistical, cosmic background radiation, early Universe
Funded by
EC| COSMICDAWN
Project
COSMICDAWN
Understanding the Origin of Cosmic Structure
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 306478
  • Funding stream: FP7 | SP2 | ERC
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36 references, page 1 of 3
Abstract
Obtaining high-sensitivity measurements of degree-scale cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarization is the most direct path to detecting primordial gravitational waves. Robustly recovering any primordial signal from the dominant foreground emission will require high-fidelity observations at multiple frequencies, with excellent control of systematics. We explore the potential for a new platform for CMB observations, the Airlander 10 hybrid air vehicle, to perform this task. We show that the Airlander 10 platform, operating at commercial airline altitudes, is well-suited to mapping frequencies above 220 GHz, which are critical for cleaning CMB maps of dust emis...
Subjects
arXiv: Astrophysics::Cosmology and Extragalactic AstrophysicsAstrophysics::Instrumentation and Methods for AstrophysicsAstrophysics::Galaxy Astrophysics
free text keywords: Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics, Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics, air, Planck, hybrid, microwaves, polarization, gravitational radiation: primordial, early Universe, methods: statistical, cosmic background radiation, [PHYS.PHYS.PHYS-INS-DET]Physics [physics]/Physics [physics]/Instrumentation and Detectors [physics.ins-det], [PHYS.ASTR]Physics [physics]/Astrophysics [astro-ph], [ PHYS.PHYS.PHYS-INS-DET ] Physics [physics]/Physics [physics]/Instrumentation and Detectors [physics.ins-det], [ PHYS.ASTR ] Physics [physics]/Astrophysics [astro-ph], Methods: statistical, cosmic background radiation, early Universe
Funded by
EC| COSMICDAWN
Project
COSMICDAWN
Understanding the Origin of Cosmic Structure
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 306478
  • Funding stream: FP7 | SP2 | ERC
36 references, page 1 of 3

Brandt W. N., Lawrence C. R., Readhead A. C. S., Pakianathan J. N., Fiola T. M., 1994, ApJ, 424, 1

Draine B. T., Lazarian A., 1998, ApJ, 494, L19

Du¨nner R. et al., 2013, ApJ, 762, 10

Eberspeaker P. J., Pierce D. L., 2011, in Ouwehand L., ed., ESA SP-700, An Overview of the NASA Sounding Rockets and Balloon Programs. ESA, Noordwijk, p. 47

Eriksen H. K. et al., 2006, ApJ, 641, 665

Errard J., Stompor R., 2012, Phys. Rev. D, 85, 083006

Errard J., Stivoli F., Stompor R., 2011, Phys. Rev. D, 84, 063005

Errard J., Feeney S. M., Peiris H. V., Jaffe A. H., 2016, J. Cosmol. Astropart. Phys., 3, 052

Essinger-Hileman T. et al., 2014, in Holand W. S., Zmuidzinas J., eds, Proc. SPIE Conf. Ser. Vol. 9153, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VII. SPIE, Bellingham, p. 91531I

Gandilo N. N. et al., 2016, in Holand W. S., Zmuidzinas J., eds, Proc. SPIE Conf. Ser. Vol. 9914, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII. SPIE, Bellingham, p. 99141J 8

Hanany S., 2015, EBEX-IDS: A Balloon-Borne Experiment to Observe and Separate Galactic Dust from Cosmic Inflation Signals. NASA APRA Proposal

Hanany S., Niemack M. D., Page L., 2013, in Oswalt T. D., McLean I. S., eds, Planets, Stars and Stellar Systems. Springer Science+Business Media, Dordrecht, p. 431

Irfan M. O. et al., 2015, MNRAS, 448, 3572

Irwin K. D., Hilton G. C., 2005, Cryogenic particle detection. SpringerVerlag, Berlin

Kamionkowski M., Kosowsky A., Stebbins A., 1997, Phys. Rev. Lett., 78, 2058

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