27 July 2016 GroundBIRD: observations of CMB polarization with fast scan modulation and MKIDs
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Polarized patterns in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation contains rich knowledge for early stage of the universe. In particular their odd-parity patterns at large angular scale (> 1°), primordial B-modes, are smoking-gun evidence for the cosmic inflation. The GroundBIRD experiment aims to detect these B-modes with a ground-based apparatus that includes several novel devices: a high-speed rotational scan system, cold optics, and microwave kinetic inductance detectors (MKIDs). We plan to start observations in the Canary Islands in 2017. In this paper, we present the status of the development of our instruments. We established an environment that allows operation of our MKIDs in an optical configuration, in which the MKIDs observe radiations from the outside of the telescope aperture. We have also constructed MKID prototypes, and we are testing them in the optical configuration.
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Shugo Oguri, Jihoon Choi, Thushara Damayanthi, Makoto Hattori, Masashi Hazumi, Hikaru Ishitsuka, Kenji Kiuchi, Ryo Koyano, Hiroki Kutsuma, Kyungmin Lee, Satoru Mima, Makoto Minowa, Makoto Nagai, Taketo Nagasaki, Chiko Otani, Yutaro Sekimoto, Munehisa Semoto, Jun’ya Suzuki, Tohru Taino, Osamu Tajima, Nozomu Tomita, Eunil Won, Tomohisa Uchida, Mitsuhiro Yoshida, "GroundBIRD: observations of CMB polarization with fast scan modulation and MKIDs", Proc. SPIE 9906, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI, 99063L (27 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231672; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2231672
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