The first flight of the OLIMPO experiment: Instrument performance

G. Presta, P. A.R. Ade, E. S. Battistelli, M. G. Castellano, I. Colantoni, F. Columbro, A. Coppolecchia, G. D. Alessandro, P. De Bernardis, S. Gordon, L. Lamagna, S. Masi, P. Mauskopf, A. Paiella, G. Pettinari, F. Piacentini, G. Pisano, C. Tucker

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OLIMPO is a balloon-borne experiment aiming at spectroscopic measurements of the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect in clusters of galaxies. The instrument operates from the stratosphere, so that it can cover a wide frequency range (from ∼ 130 to ∼ 520 GHz in 4 bands), including frequencies which are not observable with ground-based instruments. OLIMPO is composed of a 2.6-m aperture telescope, a differential Fourier transform spectrometer and four arrays of lumped element kinetic inductance detectors operating at the temperature of 0.3 K. The payload was launched from the Longyearbyen airport (Svalbard Islands) on July 14th, 2018, and operated for 5 days, at an altitude of 38 km around the North Pole. We report the in-flight performance of the first lumped element kinetic inductance detector arrays ever flown onboard a stratospheric balloon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number012018
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 28 2020
Event10th Young Researcher Meeting - Rome, Italy
Duration: Jun 18 2019Jun 21 2019

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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