AAS 197, January 2001
Session 93. New Technology and its Achievements II
Oral, Wednesday, January 10, 2001, 10:30am-12:00noon, Royal Palm 5/6

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[93.07] SPARO, the Submillimeter Polarimeter for Antarctic Remote Observing

T. Renbarger, D. T. Chuss, G. Novak (Northwestern U.), J. L. Dotson (NASA - Ames Research Center), G. Griffin, M. Newcomb, T. B. O'Brien, J. B. Peterson (Carnegie-Mellon U.), D. Pernic, R. F. Loewenstein (U. of Chicago), S. Loverde (U. of Illinois)

We report on a 9 pixel polarimeter, SPARO, the Submillimeter Polarimeter for Antarctic Remote Observing, for use on the Viper telescope, located at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. We describe the design and performance of the polarimeter and highlight those characteristics that make SPARO unique. Chief among these characteristics are an increased beam size (~ 4') for large-scale mapping of magnetic fields and innovations to the cryostat design to ensure smooth operation during the austral winter. We also include a discussion of systematic effects of the SPARO-Viper system and observations of NGC 6334 and the Galactic center obtained at South Pole during July 2000.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: tom@belmont.astro.nwu.edu

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