Abigail Crites
Graduate Student, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Phone: (773) 702-7785
Location: LASR 110
Email: acritesuchicago.edu

Scientific Advisor: John E. Carlstrom

Affiliations: Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics

Publications: ADS | arXiv

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Ph.D. Thesis Defense
Defense date: August 30, 2013
Ph.D. Thesis: "A Measurement of the Cosmic Microwave Background Polarization with SPTpol"

PhD Committee members: Hsiao-Wen Chen, Steve Meyer, Scott Dodelson

Thesis Abstract: We present maps of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarization at 90 and 150 GHz measured with SPTpol and the first EE and TE CMB power spectrum measurements from SPTpol. We also describe the SPTpol instrument in detail. We discuss the development of the SPTpol camera including the cryogenic design and the transition edge sensor (TES) detectors developed at NIST and Argonne National Laboratory. The goals of the SPTpol project are to exploit the high resolution of the telescope (1 arcminute beam) and the high sensitivity afforded by the 1536 detector camera to measure the E-mode power spectrum of the CMB, characterize the B-mode polarization induced by the gravitational lensing of the primordial E-mode CMB polarization, and to detect or set an upper limit on the level of the B-mode polarization from inflationary gravitational waves. This thesis is a first step toward accomplishing these goals.

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