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Bowden, M;Taylor, AN;Ganga, KM;Ade, PAR;Bock, JJ;Cahill, G;Carlstrom, JE;Church, SE;Gear, WK;Hinderks, JR;Hu, W;Keating, BG;Kovac, J;Lange, AE;Leitch, EM;Maffei, B;Mallie, OE;Melhuish, SJ;Murphy, JA;Pisano, G;Piccirillo, L;Pryke, C;Rusholme, BA;O'Sullivan, C;Thompson, K
2004
March
Monthly Notices Of The Royal Astronomical Society
Scientific optimization of a ground-based CMB polarization experiment
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PROBE WMAP OBSERVATIONS MICROWAVE BACKGROUND-RADIATION COSMOLOGICAL PARAMETERS COMPONENT SEPARATION POWER SPECTRUM EMISSION DASI
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We investigate the science goals achievable with the upcoming generation of ground-based cosmic microwave background polarization experiments, focusing on one particular experiment, QUaD [QUEST (Q and U Extragalactic Submillimetre Telescope) and DASI (Degree Angular Scale Interferometer)], a proposed bolometric polarimeter operating from the South Pole. We calculate the optimal sky coverage for this experiment, including the effects of foregrounds and gravitational lensing. We find that an E-mode measurement will be sample-limited, whereas a B-mode measurement will be detector-noise- limited. We conclude that a 300 deg(2) survey is an optimal compromise for a 2-yr experiment to measure both E and B modes, and that a groundbased polarization experiment can make an important contribution to B-mode surveys. QUaD can make a high significance measurement of the acoustic peaks in the E-mode spectrum, over a multipole range of 25 < l < 2500, and will be able to detect the gravitational lensing signal in the B-mode spectrum. Such an experiment could also directly detect the gravitational wave component of the B-mode spectrum if the amplitude of the signal is close to current upper limits. We also investigate how QUaD can improve constraints on the cosmological parameters. We estimate that combining two years of QUaD data with the 4-yr Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) data can improve constraints on Omega(b)h(2), Omega(m)h(2), h, r and n(s) by a factor of 2. If the foreground contamination can be reduced, the measurement of r can be improved by up to a factor of 6 over that obtainable from WMAP alone. These improved accuracies will place strong constraints on the potential of the inflaton field.
OXFORD
0035-8711
10.1111/j.1365-2966.2004.07506.x
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