Atacama B-Mode Search (ABS)

The Atacama B-Mode Search (ABS) is an experiment designed to measure cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarization. ABS mapped roughly 2,400 square degrees of the sky in a spectral band centered at 145 GHz between February 2012 and October 2014 from a high-altitude site at 5,190 m elevation in northern Chile. The ABS receiver housed 480 polarization-sensitive transition-edge-sensor (TES) bolometers along with a cryogenic 60-cm reflective telescope that provided 32 arcminute resolution. A continuously-rotating, ambient-temperature half-wave plate (HWP) modulated incoming polarization to provide improved system stability and control of systematic effects.

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Goddard Space Flight Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
HEASARC Director: Dr. Andrew F. Ptak
LAMBDA Director: Dr. Thomas M. Essinger-Hileman
NASA Official: Dr. Thomas M. Essinger-Hileman
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