Jul 22 – 26, 2019
Europe/Rome timezone

Design and performance of the BICEP Array receivers

Jul 23, 2019, 11:45 AM
Auditorium G. Testori (Milano)

Auditorium G. Testori


Piazza Città di Lombardia, 1, 20124 Milano MI
Oral Presentation Low Temperature Detector fabrication techniques and materials Orals LM 003


Dr Alessandro Schillaci (Caltech)


The inflationary scenario generically predicts the existence of primordial gravitational waves, though over a wide range of amplitudes from slow-roll to multi-field models. The presence of these tensor perturbations at the last scattering surface imprinted the cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarization with a unique parity-odd “B-mode” pattern at 1-degree angular scale. The BICEP/Keck (BK) Collaboration targets this primordial signature, which is parametrized by the tensor-to-scalar ratio “r”, by observing the polarized microwave sky from the exceptionally clean and stable South Pole environment. Attempting to observe the primordial B-mode signal requires an instrument with exquisite sensitivity and tight control of systematics as well as a wide frequency coverage in order to disentangle the primordial signal from the Galactic foregrounds.

BICEP Array represents the "Stage-3" instrument of the BK program and it comprises four BICEP3-class receivers observing at 30/40, 95, 150 and 220/270GHz. The 30/40GHz receiver will be deployed at the South Pole during the 2019/2020 austral summer. The full instrument is projected to reach σ(r) < 0.005 by the end of a five years observation campaign with a 30000+ full detectors count. In this talk I will give an overview of the instrument, highlighting the design features in terms of cryogenics, magnetic shielding, detectors and readout architecture. I will also report on the integration and tests that are ongoing with the first receiver at 30/40GHz as well as the design upgrades we implemented for the more challenging 10k-detectors 150GHz receiver.

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