Bicep Array is a cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarization experiment that will begin observations from the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in early 2020. As the next stage of the Bicep/Keck series of experiments, Bicep Array will replace the five receivers of the Keck Array with four much larger receivers. This page details the activities of the group at the University of Minnesota in the year leading up to deployment of the experiment, including the assembly of the new telescope mount at UMN and the integration of the drive system, controllers, and receivers.
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A live webcam of the UMN high bay and the assembly process can be found on the sidebar
- Encoders and Hoses and Cryo, oh my! - We’ve been quite busy the last two weeks. After successfully testing out the winch system we were almost ready to run a true receiver cryogenic test in an operating mount, but we still needed to put a few more things on. First, we attached the encoder tapes and their read-heads. The encoder tape is a […]
- Receiver Loading System - For the last few months we’ve been taking advantage of the overhead gantry crane in order to load the receivers into the mount because it’s quick and convenient. But we won’t have access to such a crane at the South Pole (at least not regularly). This means we had to design a hoisting system that […]