Bolocam: Status and observations

Douglas J. Haig, Peter A R Ade, James E. Aguirre, James J. Bock, Samantha F. Edgington, Melissa L. Enoch, Jason Glenn, Alexey Goldin, Sunil Golwala, Kevin Heng, Glenn Laurent, Philip R. Maloney, Philip Mauskopf, Philippe Rossinot, Jack Savers, Patrick Stover, Carole Tucker

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Bolocam is a millimetre-wave (1.1 and 2.1 mm) camera with an array of 119 bolometers. It has been commissioned at the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory in Hawaii and is now in routine operation. Here we give an overview of the instrument and the data reduction pipeline. We discuss models of the sensitivity of Bolocam in different observing modes and under different atmospheric conditions. We briefly discuss observations of star-forming Galactic molecular clouds, a blank field survey for sub-millimeter galaxies, preliminary results of a blank-field CMB secondary anisotropy survey and discuss observations of galaxy clusters using the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsJ. Zmuidzinas, W.S. Holland, S. Withington
Number of pages17
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventMillimeter and Submillimeter Detectors for Astronomy II - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 23 2004Jun 25 2004


OtherMillimeter and Submillimeter Detectors for Astronomy II
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Arrays
  • Blank field surveys
  • Bolocam
  • Bolometers
  • CMB
  • Millimetre-wave
  • PCA
  • SZ Effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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