A submillimetre imaging polarimeter at the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope

Jane Sophia Greaves, WS Holland, T Jenness, A Chrysostomou, DS Berry, AG Murray, M Tamura, EI Robson, PAR Ade, R Nartallo, JA Stevens, M Momose, J-I Morino, G Moriarty-Schieven

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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 mum. Early science results range from measuring the synchrotron polarization of the black hole candidate Sgr A* to mapping magnetic fields inferred from polarized 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
Number of pages9
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume340
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2003

Keywords

  • instrumentation : polarimeters
  • techniques : polarimetric
  • magnetic fields
  • polarization
  • submillimetre
  • FORMING MOLECULAR CLOUDS
  • FAR-INFRARED POLARIMETRY
  • MAGNETIC-FIELD STRUCTURE
  • DATA REDUCTION PIPELINE
  • SCUBA DATA
  • STAR-FORMATION
  • GALACTIC-CENTER
  • DUST EMISSION
  • BLACK-HOLE
  • POLARIZATION

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