A Tour of the Atacama Cosmology Telescope

Speaker: 
Adam Hincks (UBC)
Event Date and Time: 
Mon, 2014-09-29 15:30 - 16:30
Location: 
Hennings 318

The Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) is an instrument dedicated to producing polarised maps of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). With a six-metre primary mirror, it has significantly higher resolution than most other CMB survey instruments, making it more sensitive to important small-scale features in the CMB, such as distortions from gravitational lensing, the imprint of galaxy clusters by the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect and emission from dusty, star-forming galaxies. I will give a "tour" of ACT, describing the design of the instrument, highlighting the pioneering science that it has produced since its commissioning in 2007 and presenting recent results from our upgraded receiver. Finally, I will introduce our plans for Advanced ACTpol, an ambitious project to map the polarised CMB from scales of \ell = 10 to 10,000 over half the sky

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