Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Atacama Cosmology Telescope: Development and preliminary results of point source observations
by Fisher, Ryan P., Ph.D., Princeton University, 2009, 197; 3377994
Abstract (Summary)

The Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) is a six meter diameter telescope designed to measure the millimeter sky with arcminute angular resolution. The instrument is currently conducting its third season of observations from Cerro Toco in the Chilean Andes. The primary science goal of the experiment is to expand our understanding of cosmology by mapping the temperature fluctuations of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) at angular scales corresponding to multipoles up to ℓ ∼ 10000.

The primary receiver for current ACT observations is the Millimeter Bolometer Array Camera (MBAC). The instrument is specially designed to observe simultaneously at 148 GHz, 218 GHz and 277 GHz. To accomplish this, the camera has three separate detector arrays, each containing approximately 1000 detectors. After discussing the ACT experiment in detail, a discussion of the development and testing of the cold readout electronics for the MBAC is presented.

Currently, the ACT collaboration is in the process of generating maps of the microwave sky using our first and second season observations. The analysis used to generate these maps requires careful data calibration to produce maps of the arcminute scale CMB temperature fluctuations. Tests and applications of several elements of the ACT calibrations are presented in the context of the second season observations. Scientific exploration has already begun on preliminary maps made using these calibrations. The final portion of this thesis is dedicated to discussing the point sources observed by the ACT. A discussion of the techniques used for point source detection and photometry is followed by a presentation of our current measurements of point source spectral indices.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fowler, Joseph W.
School: Princeton University
School Location: United States -- New Jersey
Source: DAI-B 70/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Astronomy
Keywords: Atacama Cosmology Telescope, Cosmic microwave background, Point source
Publication Number: 3377994
ISBN: 9781109409819
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