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Characterizing and reducing the POL-2 instrumental polarization

Friberg, P; Berry, D; Savini, G; Bintley, D; Dempsey, J; Graves, S; Parsons, H; (2018) Characterizing and reducing the POL-2 instrumental polarization. In: Proceedings of SPIE 10708, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IX, 107083M. SPIE: Austin, Texas, United States. Green open access

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Sub-millimeter polarization observations using the POL-2 instrument mounted on the dual wavelength (850/450 μm) 10 k pixel sub-millimeter camera SCUBA-2 is in high demand on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT). The high level of Instrumental Polarization (IP) generated by the Gore-TexTMwind blind protecting the telescope is a hampering factor for these observations. The wind blind both introduces an overall linear polarization and a four lobed polarization footprint seen on strong point sources after removal of a beam averaged IP. During commissioning an IP model was developed for the 850 μm band but a good 450 μm model was lacking. This paper describes the effort to improve the 850 μm IP model, establish a 450 μm model and the work to understand and model the IP. During the work the wind blind was removed for a month to isolate the contribution of the wind blind from other sources of the IP. A theoretical model for the non wind blind generated IP has been developed. However, a theoretical model for the wind blind IP is still being worked on.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Characterizing and reducing the POL-2 instrumental polarization
Event: SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation, 2018
ISBN-13: 9781510619692
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1117/12.2314345
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2314345
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10056121
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