3 years ago

Polarized Beam Patterns from a Multi-Moded Feed For Observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background.

D.J. Fixsen, A. Kogut

We measure linearly polarized beam patterns for a multi-moded concentrator and compare the results to a simple model based on geometric optics. We convolve the measured co-polar and cross-polar beams with simulated maps of CMB polarization to estimate the amplitude of the systematic error resulting from the cross-polar beam response. The un-corrected error signal has typical amplitude of 3 nK, corresponding to inflationary B-mode amplitude r ~ 10^{-3}. Convolving the measured cross-polar beam pattern with maps of the CMB E-mode polarization provides a template for correcting the cross-polar response, reducing it to negligible levels.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.08971

DOI: arXiv:1801.08971v1

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