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- Exploring the Universe's Origin w/ the Cosmic Microwave Background Polarization -

2009: BICEP instrument characterization paper
2010: PhD dissertation (18MB pdf)

[2003/10- ] Ground Shields
[2004/ 3 - ] Polarization Calibrator
[2004/ 5 - ] Window (Zotefoam)
[2004/ 6 - ] Electronics
[2004/ 9 - ] Motion Control System
[2005/ 6 - ] Optical Pointing Telescope
[2006/ 2 - ] Calibrations
[2007/ 3 - ] Noise Analysis
[2004/5/12 Stanford] Beyond Einstein
[2004/7-2005/1, JPL/Caltech]
[2004/7/18-8/2 JPL] Spectroscopy, Beam mapping
[2004/8/3-5 Caltech] Mount
[2004/9/8-10/8 Caltech] Beam mapping
[2004/ 11/8-12/1, 12/7-22, 2005/1/12-18 Caltech] Motion control system
[2005/ 6/12-8/23, 8/30-10/21 Caltech] 10/14 Shipped Mount
[2005/11/14-2006/1/17, South Pole] Deployment
[2005/11/10 SFO->LAX->AKL 11/12->CHC 11/14->MCM 11/15->NPX]
[2006/ 4/24-5/7, 5/15-21, 6/1-4, 7/17-8/9, 9/13-19 Caltech]
[2006/11/3-2007/1/5 South Pole]
[2007/ 4/5-7, 4/22-25, 6/7-8/2, 8/28-9/1, 9/18-24 Caltech]
[2007/11/16-2008/2/14 South Pole]
[2008/ 3/1-10, 4/27-5/18, 5/24-7/4, 7/14-8/22, 9/4-15 Caltech]
[2008/11/4-12/17 South Pole]
[2009/ 4/21-26, 6/9-21, 2010/5/6-10 Caltech]

NASA Research Proposal

Team: (Holzapfel group / Berkeley Cosmology)
Andrew Lange, Bill Holzapfel, Brian Keating, John Kovac, Viktor Hristov
Jamie Bock, Darren Dowell, Chao-Lin Kuo, Hien Nguyen, John Battle
Denis Barkats, Ki Won Yoon, Cynthia Chiang, Yuki Takahashi, Evan Bierman
Specifications:
Observing wavelength3 mm (150 GHz), 2 mm (100 GHz)
Aperture / Window diameter200 / 300 mm
Minimum elevation observed50° (~40° including FoV)
Field of view17°
Experiments
space: Planck (2007) SPOrt (2005) WMAP (2002)
balloon: MAXIPOL (2003) B2K (2003) Archeops (2002) (bolometers)
large scales: BICEP (2005) COMPASS (2003) POLAR (2000) (radiometers)
interferometer: AMiBA (2005) CBI (2004) DASI (2001)
small scales: PolarBear (2005) QU aD (2005) CAPMAP (2003)
2004/3 Delabrouille et al (France) Polarization experiments
2004/2 Mennella et al (Italia) experimental challenges & perspectives
2003/9 Bowden et al Scientific optimization of a ground-based CMB polarization experiment
2003/8 Carlstrom, Kovac, Leitch, Pryke Status of CMB polarization measurements from DASI and other experiments
1999 NASA Cosmic Microwave Background Future Missions Working Group report
201?: Inflation Probe B-Mode
Reference Wayne Hu
2003/12 Kinney The energy scale of inflation
2003/12 Kaplinghat Energy Scale of Inflation and the CMB
2003/10 Kaplan et al CMB polarization
2003/5 Zaldarriaga: The Polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background
2003/3 Workshop on The Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation and its Polarization
2002/10 Hu: CMB temperature and polarization anisotropy fundamentals (Annals of Physics)
2002/9 Hu & Dodelson: Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropies (Annual Review)
2002/9 Kamionkowski: Gravitational Waves and CMB Polarization
2002/3 Gangui: Topological defects
2001 Hu: CMB tutorial (intermediate)
2001 Kamionkowski & Caldwell: Echoes from the Big Bang
1999 Kosowsky: Introduction to Microwave Background Polarization
1996 Hu & White: A CMB Polarization Primer
1996 Hu: A Tour of CMB Physics
1996 Hu: An Introduction to the Cosmic Microwave Background (beginners)
CAPMAP Chicago polarimetry
Gangui Angelica Jamie Bock
Outreach: Elementary school level, Kim Coble
Harmony of Cosmology and Religion