Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization

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These links point to pages at the CalTech Astronomy Department.


Instrument Description

Project Team



Project Overview

From the CalTech BICEP web page:

"BICEP (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization) is an experiment designed to measure the polarization of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) to unprecedented precision, and in turn answer crucial questions about the beginnings of the Universe. It will operate at 100 GHz and 150 GHz at angular resolutions of 1.0° and 0.7°, respectively, with an array of 96 polarization-sensitive detectors, mapping a large region of the sky around the South Celestial Pole."

Go to the BICEP page at the CalTech Astronomy Department.

The BICEP instrument is still in the design and planning stages but here is an image rendered from the preliminary AutoCAD model of the telescope. Clicking on this image will get you a giant, 430k, version of the same render (suitable for making a smallish poster).


And here is a "doctored" photo showing where the instrument is planned to be positioned. It will be housed in the small building on top of the MAPO building at the south pole. (If your browser supports JavaScript you will see a "before" and "after" image swap in and out as you move your mouse over the photo.)

MAPO Building w/ BICEP
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