31 July 1998 DASI: a Degree Angular Scale Interferometer for imaging anisotropy in the cosmic microwave background
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The Degree Angular Scale Interferometer (DASI) is a compact cm-wave interferometer designed to image anisotropy in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) and to measure its angular power spectrum. The power spectrum will be densely sampled over the l range 160 to 710, corresponding to angular scales of 0.25 to 1.15 degrees. DASI consists of 13 elements. Each element consists of a 20-cm diameter lensed corrugated horn followed by a cooled low-noise HEMT amplifier operating from 26 - 36 GHz. All elements are mounted on a single alt-az mount, which fixes the projected baselines and obviates an IF tracking delay. The mount also includes rotation of the aperture plane along the line of sight to improve the u, v coverage and the control of instrumental systematics. The 10 GHz IF bandwidth will be correlated in 1 GHz bands to provide spectral index information. The instrument is scheduled to be completed in Summer 1998. After extensive testing it will be deployed at the South Pole for year-round operation starting in November 1999.
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Nils Halverson, Nils Halverson, John E. Carlstrom, John E. Carlstrom, Mark Dragovan, Mark Dragovan, William L. Holzapfel, William L. Holzapfel, John Kovac, John Kovac, } "DASI: a Degree Angular Scale Interferometer for imaging anisotropy in the cosmic microwave background", Proc. SPIE 3357, Advanced Technology MMW, Radio, and Terahertz Telescopes, (31 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317374; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.317374
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