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
- The Front End - With Fall rolling in, our available time has been rapidly running out. In order to ship to the South Pole, everything must be packed and shipped out of Minnesota by the end of September. Giving all of September over to disassembly and packing meant that August was a month of long weeks as we tried […]
- Automated Star Pointing - By Grantland Hall: Over the past two years, I have been working diligently on the control system for BICEP Array. That encompasses all of the software that is responsible for moving the telescope, capturing data from the receivers and other sources, and then pulling all of that data together and storing it onto hard drives. […]