Design and pre-flight performance of SPIDER 280 GHz receivers

E. C. Shaw, P. A.R. Ade, S. Akers, M. Amiri, J. E. Austermann, J. A. Beall, D. T. Becker, S. J. Benton, A. S. Bergman, J. J. Bock, J. R. Bond, S. A. Bryan, H. C. Chiang, C. R. Contaldi, R. S. Domagalski, O. Dore, S. M. Duff, A. J. Duivenvoorden, H. K. Eriksen, M. FarhangJ. P. Filippini, L. M. Fissel, A. A. Fraisse, K. Freese, M. Galloway, A. E. Gambrel, N. N. Gandilo, K. Ganga, A. Grigorian, R. Gualtieri, J. E. Gudmundsson, M. Halpern, J. Hartley, M. Hasselfield, G. Hilton, W. Holmes, V. V. Hristov, Z. Huang, J. Hubmayr, K. D. Irwin, W. C. Jones, A. Kahn, C. L. Kuo, Z. D. Kermish, A. Lennox, J. S.Y. Leung, S. Li, P. V. Mason, K. Megerian, L. M. Mocanu, L. Moncelsi, T. A. Morford, J. M. Nagy, R. Nie, M. Nolta, C. B. Netterfield, B. Osherson, I. L. Padilla, A. S. Rahlin, S. Redmond, C. Reintsema, M. C. Runyan, L. J. Romualdez, J. E. Ruhl, J. A. Shariff, C. Shiu, J. D. Soler, X. Song, A. Trangsrud, H. Thommesen, C. Tucker, R. S. Tucker, A. D. Turner, J. Ullom, J. F. Van Der List, J. Van Lanen, M. R. Vissers, A. C. Weber, S. Wen, I. K. Wehus, D. V. Wiebe, E. Y. Young

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In this work we describe upgrades to the Spider balloon-borne telescope in preparation for its second flight, currently planned for December 2021. The Spider instrument is optimized to search for a primordial B-mode polarization signature in the cosmic microwave background at degree angular scales. During its first flight in 2015, Spider mapped ∼10% of the sky at 95 and 150 GHz. The payload for the second Antarctic flight will incorporate three new 280 GHz receivers alongside three refurbished 95-and 150 GHz receivers from Spider's first flight. In this work we discuss the design and characterization of these new receivers, which employ over 1500 feedhorn-coupled transition-edge sensors. We describe pre-flight laboratory measurements of detector properties, and the optical performance of completed receivers. These receivers will map a wide area of the sky at 280 GHz, providing new information on polarized Galactic dust emission that will help to separate it from the cosmological signal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMillimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy X
EditorsJonas Zmuidzinas, Jian-Rong Gao
ISBN (Electronic)9781510636934
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
EventMillimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy X 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Dec 14 2020Dec 22 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceMillimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy X 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online


  • Spider
  • cosmic microwave background
  • cosmology
  • millimeter wave instrumentation
  • polarization
  • scientific ballooning
  • scientific instrumentation
  • transition-edge sensor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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