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    Milimeter-wave Profiled Corrugated Horns for the QUaD Cosmic Background Polarization Experiment


    Murphy, J.Anthony and Gleeson, E. and Cahill, G. and Lanigan, W. and O'Sullivan, Créidhe and Cartwright, E. and Church, S.E. and Hinderks, J. and Kirby, E. and Thompson, K. and Rusholme, B. and Gear, W.K. and Maffei, B. and Ade, P.A.R. and Tucker, C. and Jones, B. (2005) Milimeter-wave Profiled Corrugated Horns for the QUaD Cosmic Background Polarization Experiment. International Journal of Infrared and Millimeter Waves, 26 (4). pp. 505-523. ISSN 0195-9271

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    Abstract

    In this paper we report on the design and validation process for the profiled corrugated horn antennas, which feed the bolometer array of a cosmology experiment known as QUaD located at the South Pole. This is a cosmic radiation polarization project, which demands precise knowledge and control of the optical coupling to the signal in order to map the feeble E- and B0polarization mode structure. The system will operate in two millimeter wavelength bands at 100 and 150 GHz. The imaging horn array collects the incoming signal via on-axis front-end optics and a Cassegrain telescope, with a cold stop in front of the array to terminate side-lobe structure at an edge taper of -20dB. The corrugated horn design process was undertaken using in-house analytical software tools, based on modal scattering, specially developed for millimeter-wave profiled horn antennas. An important part of the instrument development was the validation of the horn design, in particular to verify low edge taper levels and the required well-defined band edges. Suitable feed horn designs were measured and were found to be in excellent agreement with theoretical predictions.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The definitive version of this article is available at DOI: 10.1007/s10762-005-4069-7
    Keywords: profiled corrugated horn antennas; polarization; CMB;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Experimental Physics
    Item ID: 5936
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10762-005-4069-7
    Depositing User: Dr. Créidhe O'Sullivan
    Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2015 17:02
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Infrared and Millimeter Waves
    Publisher: Springer Verlag
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology (IRCSET)
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