A submillimetre imaging polarimeter at the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope

J.S. Greaves, W.S. Holland, T. Jenness, A. Chrysostomou, D.S. Berry, M. Tamura, E.I. Robson, P.A.R. Ade, R. Nartallo, J. A. Stevens, J. Morino, G. Moriarty-Schieven, F. Gannaway, C.V. Haynes

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Abstract

A polarimeter has been built for use with the Submillimetre Common-User Bolometer Array (SCUBA), on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) in Hawaii. SCUBA is the first of a new generation of highly sensitive submillimetre cameras, and the UK/Japan Polarimeter adds a polarimetric imaging/photometry capability in the wavelength range 350 to 2000 μm. Early science results range from measuring the synchrotron polarization of the black hole candidate Sgr A* to mappingmagnetic fields inferred frompolarized dust emission in Galactic star-forming clouds. We describe the instrument design, performance, observing techniques and data reduction processes, along with an assessment of the current and future scientific capability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-361
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume340
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003

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