GroundBIRD: Observing Cosmic Microwave Polarization at Large Angular Scale with Kinetic Inductance Detectors and High-Speed Rotating Telescope

S. Oguri, J. Choi, T. Damayanthi, M. Hattori, M. Hazumi, H. Ishitsuka, K. Karatsu, S. Mima, M. Minowa, T. Nagasaki, C. Otani, Y. Sekimoto, O. Tajima, N. Tomita, M. Yoshida, E. Won

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Abstract

Cosmic microwave background (CMB) is an important source of information about the origin of our universe. In particular, odd-parity large angular scale patterns in the CMB polarization, the primordial B-modes, are strong evidence for an inflationary universe, related to the accelerating expansion of the metric. We are developing a unique telescope, GroundBIRD, to take CMB polarization measurements. The telescope combines novel techniques: high-speed rotation scanning, cold optics, and microwave kinetic inductance detectors (MKIDs). We evaluated the response of MKIDs on the rotation stage. Method of shielding from the geo-magnetic field is established. We have also developed a receiver cryostat. We are able to maintain a sufficient cold status for observations on the optical configuration. We plan to start commissioning the system by observing CMB in Japan in 2015–2016. We will then deploy GroundBIRD in the Canary Islands for further scientific observations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)786-792
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Low Temperature Physics
Volume184
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Aug 1

Keywords

  • Cosmic microwave background
  • Microwave kinetic inductance detector
  • Polarization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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    Oguri, S., Choi, J., Damayanthi, T., Hattori, M., Hazumi, M., Ishitsuka, H., Karatsu, K., Mima, S., Minowa, M., Nagasaki, T., Otani, C., Sekimoto, Y., Tajima, O., Tomita, N., Yoshida, M., & Won, E. (2016). GroundBIRD: Observing Cosmic Microwave Polarization at Large Angular Scale with Kinetic Inductance Detectors and High-Speed Rotating Telescope. Journal of Low Temperature Physics, 184(3-4), 786-792. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10909-015-1420-9