The Optical Design and Characterization of the Microwave Anisotropy Probe

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Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003 17:31:22 GMT   (283kb)
The Optical Design and Characterization of the Microwave Anisotropy Probe

Authors: L. Page (1), C. Jackson (2), C. Barnes (1), C. Bennett (2), M. Halpern (3), G. Hinshaw (2), N. Jarosik (1), A. Kogut (2), M. Limon (1,2), S. S. Meyer (4), D. N. Spergel (1), G. S. Tucker (5), D. T. Wilkinson (1), E. Wollack (2), E. L. Wright (6) ((1) Princeton, (2) NASA's GSFC, (3) UBC, (4) U. Chicago, (5) Brown, (6) UCLA)
Comments: ApJ in press; 22 pages with 11 low resolution figures; paper is available with higher quality figures at this http URL

The primary goal of the MAP satellite, now in orbit, is to make high fidelity polarization sensitive maps of the full sky in five frequency bands between 20 and 100 GHz. From these maps we will characterize the properties of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) anisotropy and Galactic and extragalactic emission on angular scales ranging from the effective beam size, <0.23 degree, to the full sky. MAP is a differential microwave radiometer. Two back-to-back shaped offset Gregorian telescopes feed two mirror symmetric arrays of ten corrugated feeds. We describe the prelaunch design and characterization of the optical system, compare the optical models to the measurements, and consider multiple possible sources of systematic error.
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