19 July 2016 Inflight performance of the PILOT balloon-borne experiment
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PILOT is a stratospheric experiment designed to measure the polarization of dust FIR emission, towards the diffuse interstellar medium. The first PILOT flight was carried out from Timmins in Ontario-Canada on September 20th 2015. The flight has been part of a launch campaign operated by the CNES, which has allowed to launch 4 experiments, including PILOT. The purpose of this paper is to describe the performance of the instrument in flight and to perform a first comparison with those achieved during ground tests. The analysis of the flight data is on-going, in particular the identification of instrumental systematic effects, the minimization of their impact and the quantification of their remaining effect on the polarization data. At the end of this paper, we shortly illustrate the quality of the scientific observations obtained during this first flight, at the current stage of systematic effect removal.
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J.-Ph. Bernard, J.-Ph. Bernard, P. Ade, P. Ade, Y. André, Y. André, J. Aumont, J. Aumont, L. Bautista, L. Bautista, N. Bray, N. Bray, P. de Bernardis, P. de Bernardis, O. Boulade, O. Boulade, F. Bousquet, F. Bousquet, M. Bouzit, M. Bouzit, V. Buttice, V. Buttice, A. Caillat, A. Caillat, M. Charra, M. Charra, M. Chaigneau, M. Chaigneau, B. Crane, B. Crane, J.-P. Crussaire, J.-P. Crussaire, F. Douchin, F. Douchin, E. Doumayrou, E. Doumayrou, J. P. Dubois, J. P. Dubois, C. Engel, C. Engel, P. Etcheto, P. Etcheto, P. Gélot, P. Gélot, M. Griffin, M. Griffin, G. Foenard, G. Foenard, S. Grabarnik, S. Grabarnik, P. Hargrave, P. Hargrave, A. Hughes, A. Hughes, R. Laureijs, R. Laureijs, Y. Lepennec, Y. Lepennec, B. Leriche, B. Leriche, Y. Longval, Y. Longval, S. Maestre, S. Maestre, B. Maffei, B. Maffei, J. Martignac, J. Martignac, C. Marty, C. Marty, W. Marty, W. Marty, S. Masi, S. Masi, F. Mirc, F. Mirc, R. Misawa, R. Misawa, J. Montel, J. Montel, L. Montier, L. Montier, B. Mot, B. Mot, J. Narbonne, J. Narbonne, J-M. Nicot, J-M. Nicot, F. Pajot, F. Pajot, G. Parot, G. Parot, E. Pérot, E. Pérot, J. Pimentao, J. Pimentao, G. Pisano, G. Pisano, N. Ponthieu, N. Ponthieu, I. Ristorcelli, I. Ristorcelli, L. Rodriguez, L. Rodriguez, G. Roudil, G. Roudil, M. Salatino, M. Salatino, G. Savini, G. Savini, O. Simonella, O. Simonella, M. Saccoccio, M. Saccoccio, P. Tapie, P. Tapie, J. Tauber, J. Tauber, J.-P. Torre, J.-P. Torre, C. Tucker, C. Tucker, "Inflight performance of the PILOT balloon-borne experiment", Proc. SPIE 9914, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII, 99140W (19 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231872; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2231872


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