Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The POLARBEAR Experiment: Design and Characterization
by Kermish, Zigmund David, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2012, 161; 3527140
Abstract (Summary)

We present the design and characterization of the POLARBEAR experiment. POLARBEAR is a millimeter-wave polarimeter that will measure the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) polarization. It was designed to have both the sensitivity and angular resolution to detect the expected B-mode polarization due to gravitational lensing at small angular scales while still enabling a search for the degree scale B-mode polarization caused by inflationary gravitational waves. The instrument utilizes the Huan Tran Telescope (HTT), a 2.5-meter primary mirror telescope, coupled to a unique focal plane of 1,274 antenna-coupled transition-edge sensor (TES) detectors to achieve unprecedented sensitivity from angular scales of the experiment's 4 arcminute beam to several degrees.

This dissertation focuses on the design, integration and characterization of the cryogenic receiver for the POLARBEAR instrument. The receiver cools the ∼20 cm focal plane to 0.25 Kelvin, with detector readout provided by a digital frequency-multiplexed SQUID system. The POLARBEAR receiver was been successfully deployed on the HTT for an engineering run in the Eastern Sierras of California and is currently deployed on Cerro Toco in the Atacama Dessert of Chile. We present results from lab tests done to characterize the instrument, from the engineering run and preliminary results from Chile.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lee, Adrian T.
Commitee: Bower, Geoffery, Holzapfel, William
School: University of California, Berkeley
Department: Physics
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 74/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Astrophysics, Physics
Keywords: Bolometers, Cosmology, Cryogenics, Millimeter-wave polarimeters, Polarbear experiment
Publication Number: 3527140
ISBN: 9781267612601
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