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BICEP2 and Keck Array operational overview and status of observations Amiri, Mandana; Burger, Bryce; Halpern, Mark; Hasselfield, Matthew; Wiebe, Donald V. Sep 27, 2012

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BICEP2 and Keck Array operational overview and status ofobservationsR. W. Ogburn IV?a,b, P. A. R. Adec, R. W. Aikind, M. Amirie, S. J. Bentonf, C. A. Bischoffg,J. J. Bockh,d, J. A. Bonettih, J. A. Brevikd, E. Bullocki, B. Burgere, G. DaviseC. D. Dowellh,d, L. Dubandj, J. P. Filippinid, S. Fliescheri, S. R. Golwalad, M. Gordon ,M. Halperne, M. Hasselfielde, G. Hiltonk, V. V. Hristovd, H. Huid, K. Irwink, J. P. Kaufmanl,B. G. Keatingl, S. A. Kernasovskiya, J. M. Kovacg, C. L. Kuoa,b, E. M. Leitchm, M. Luekerh,d,T. Montroyn, C. B. Netterfieldf, H. T. Nguyenh,d, R. O?Brienth,d, A. Orlandol, C. L. Prykei,C. Reintsemak, S. Richterg, J. E. Ruhln, M. C. Runyand, R. Schwarzi, C. D. Sheehyi,Z. K. Staniszewskih,d, R. V. Sudiwalac, G. P. Teplyd, K. Thompsona, J. E. Tolana,b,A. D. Turnerh, A. G. Viereggg, D. V. Wiebee, P. Wilsonh, and C. L. WonggaStanford University, Stanford, 382 Via Pueblo Mall, CA 94305, USAbKavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC), Sand Hill Road 2575,Menlo Park, CA 94025, USAcDept. of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, The Parade, Cardiff, CF24 3AA, UKdCalifornia Institute of Technology, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91125 USAeDepartment of Physics & Astronomy, University of British Columbia, 6224 AgriculturalRoad, Vancouver, BC V6T1Z1, CanadafDepartment of Physics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S 1A7, CanadagHarvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138hJet Propulsion Laboratory, 4800 Oak Grove Dr., Pasadena, CA 91109, USAiUniversity of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USAjService des Basses Tempe?ratures, DRFMC, CEA-Grenoble, 17 rue des Martyrs, 38054Grenoble Cedex 9, FrancekNIST Quantum Devices Group, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305, USAlUniversity of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093, USAmKavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, University of Chicago, 5640 South Ellis Avenue,Chicago, IL 60637, USAnPhysics Department, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106, USAABSTRACTThe Bicep2 and Keck Array experiments are designed to measure the polarization of the cosmic microwavebackground (CMB) on angular scales of 2-4 degrees (? = 50?100). This is the region in which the B-mode signal,a signature prediction of cosmic inflation, is expected to peak. Bicep2 was deployed to the South Pole at the endof 2009 and is in the middle of its third year of observing with 500 polarization-sensitive detectors at 150 GHz.The Keck Array was deployed to the South Pole at the end of 2010, initially with three receivers?each similarto Bicep2. An additional two receivers have been added during the 2011-12 summer. We give an overview ofthe two experiments, report on substantial gains in the sensitivity of the two experiments after post-deploymentoptimization, and show preliminary maps of CMB polarization from Bicep2.Keywords: Cosmic microwave background, microwave, TES, polarization, inflation, gravitational waves, cos-mology?Corresponding author: R. W. Ogburn, 382 Via Pueblo Mall, Stanford, CA 94305. E-mail: ogburn@stanford.edugMillimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, edited by Wayne S. Holland, Jonas Zmuidzinas, Proc. of SPIE Vol. 8452, 84521A ? 2012 SPIE ? CCC code: 0277-786X/12/$18 ? doi: 10.1117/12.925731Proc. of SPIE Vol. 8452  84521A-1Downloaded From: http://proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/ on 08/13/2013 Terms of Use: http://spiedl.org/termsI"Figure 1. Keck Array telescope in February 2012, with five receivers installed in the mount originally built for DASI atthe South Pole.1. INTRODUCTIONOver the past 15 years, the ?CDM theory has emerged as the ?standard model? of cosmology. It describesa universe in which cold dark matter drives the formation of structure, and dark energy (or a cosmologicalconstant) causes accelerating expansion of space. This concordance model explains the observed universe well,but leaves several important questions unanswered, such as the nature of the dark energy and dark matter. Itaccommodates, but does not predict, the observed flatness, homogeneity, and isotropy of the universe. Thesethree properties can be explained by the addition to the model of cosmic inflation. If the universe went throughan inflationary phase in the first instant after the Big Bang, this rapid, exponential expansion from a singlemicroscopic volume would have smoothed out spatial curvature. The observed homogeneity and isotropy arisefrom the fact that the entire observable universe would have been in causal contact before inflation. Quantumfluctuations in the inflaton field give rise to scale-invariant density fluctuations that would seed structure for-mation and the primary temperature anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). Current CMBobservations are in good agreement with inflationary predictions.1,2In addition to these scalar density perturbations, inflation also generates primordial gravitational waves, i.e.tensor metric perturbations. Both types of perturbation give rise to temperature variations at the time whenCMB photons last scattered, but with different spatial structure; they accordingly lead to different signaturesin the CMB. They can be distinguished by decomposing the patterns of CMB polarization into two classes: theE-modes, which have even parity and arise from scalar and tensor perturbations; and the B-modes, which haveodd parity and arise from tensor perturbations only. The detection of B-modes would confirm a key predictionof inflation, and a measurement of (or upper limit on) the amplitude of B-modes would provide informationabout the energy scale of inflation, which determines the tensor-to-scalar ratio r.3The DASI experiment measured degree-scale E-modes in 2002, the first detection of CMB polarization.4 Theamplitude of B-modes is expected to be lower, and their detection remains an open challenge. The Bicep2, andKeck Array experiments have been designed to meet this challenge. The two experiments adopt elements fromthe successful Bicep telescope, which observed from 2006?08. Bicep has set the most sensitive limits on B-modepolarization of the CMB in the range ? = 21? 335, and constrained r < 0.72 at 95% confidence level.5,6 Bicep2and the Keck Array use a new detector technology, the Caltech-JPL antenna-coupled TES arrays.7,8 Thesedetectors are read out using NIST SQUID amplifiers with the University of British Columbia MCE control andProc. of SPIE Vol. 8452  84521A-2Downloaded From: http://proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/ on 08/13/2013 Terms of Use: http://spiedl.org/terms0 0 0 .. UDoDo flUoDU DDDD  D DDDDDD UDDDU DUDD C oDDDDDDD E:Io . 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 oDfl ofl 0 . (a)Tile 1 Tile 2Tile 4 Tile 3(b)Figure 2. (a) Bicep2 focal plane with four detector tiles, at the South Pole before installation in November 2009. (b)Measured far-field beam maps for a single Keck Array receiver (rx1). This image was made from data taken at the SouthPole in February 2012 using a thermal source raised on a mast. Hollow squares represent the location of dark detectorsfor which the antenna networks were deliberately left disconnected from the TES islands.readout electronics.9 The monolithic fabrication and multiplexed readout allow Bicep2 and the Keck Array tofield larger numbers of detectors, for improved sensitivity over their predecessors. Bicep2 was deployed to theSouth Pole in late 200910?12 and has observed through 2010 and 2011, with a third year of observations now inprogress.With its compact size and low cost, the Bicep-style refracting telescope can be scaled up by building an arrayof multiple receivers. This is the idea behind the Keck Array which uses the same detector technology as Bicep2and a similar telescope design, with a few additional improvements.13 Instead of consumable liquid helium, theKeck Array uses Cryomech pulse-tube coolers to provide cooling at 4 K and above. It uses the larger mountoriginally built for the DASI experiment and attached to the Martin A. Pomerantz Observatory (MAPO). Thismount can accommodate up to five Bicep2-style receivers. The Keck Array was deployed and commissioned inDecember 2010?January 2011, with three cryostats housing three full focal planes of detectors. It observed withthree receivers through 2011, and was upgraded to five receivers for the 2012 season (Fig. 1).Both experiments observe the CMB in the same primary field as Bicep1, dubbed the ?Southern Hole,? withsecondary observations of a bright region of the Galactic plane.In this paper we present an overview of the Bicep2 and Keck Array experimental design; a number ofimprovements to the sensitivity of each experiment that have been made since deployment; and a look at E- andB-mode maps from two seasons of Bicep2 observation. Several companion papers in this volume present thesensitivity of the Keck Array (Kernasovskiy et al.14), studies of beam shape and differential pointing (Vieregg etal.15), and further developments in the detector fabrication for the Keck Array and other experiments (O?Brientet al.16).2. EXPERIMENTAL OVERVIEWBicep2 is a small-aperture refracting telescope that observes the CMB at 150 GHz from the South Pole. Inmany respects it follows the pattern of Bicep, which was designed to achieve high sensitivity with very lowsystematics on degree angular scales. The telescope contains relatively simple optics: two, on-axis lenses madefrom high-density polyethylene, with an aperture of 26.4 cm and beams of 0.5? FHWM. This arrangement allowscooling of the optical components to 4 K for stability and low loading; efficient transportation and loading; andfar-field (> 50 m) beam characterization using microwave sources raised on masts. The Keck Array expands thisdesign in a modular way, by placing several Bicep2-style telescopes in a single mount. Each telescope observes inProc. of SPIE Vol. 8452  84521A-3Downloaded From: http://proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/ on 08/13/2013 Terms of Use: http://spiedl.org/termsZotefoam vacuumwindowRemovable extensionpiece5N Al foil heat strapsPT410 pulse tube coolerVibration-isolating bellowsCarbon fiber thermallyisolating supportsFocal planePassive thermal filterCu foil heat strapsHDPE lenses300 K vacuum jacket50 K stage4 K stageFigure 3. Keck Array cryostat design. Major changes relative to Bicep2 are the addition of the extension piece; theremoval of the liquid helium reservoir and vapor cooled shield, with correspondingly narrower 300 K vacuum jacket; andaddition of the PT410 pulse tube enclosure, with vibration isolation and heat straps.a single frequency band, with optics optimized for this frequency. Bicep2 and the current Keck Array receiversall observe at 150 GHz, but future Keck Array receivers may observe at 100 and 220 GHz.Bicep2 and the Keck Array observe the same primary CMB field as Bicep, an 800 deg2 patch of sky in theso-called Southern Hole. This area has unusually low dust and synchrotron emission, and is expected to haveGalactic foreground confusion equivalent to r <? 0.03.Bicep2 has pioneered a new detector technology in order to increase detector count and instrument sensitivity.The Caltech/JPL focal planes in Bicep2 and the Keck Array combine the beam-defining slot-antenna networks,band-defining filters, absorber, and transition-edge sensor (TES) detectors on the same silicon detector tiles.The actual Bicep2 focal plane and the far-field beam pattern of a single Keck Array receiver are shown in Fig. 2.This detector technology allows scaling to higher detector count by replacing hand-assembly of componentsin preceding experiments with monolithic fabrication. The Ti and Al TES elements are suspended on a SiNmembrane along with a gold resistive absorber. The Ti transition temperature Tc is in the range 470-530 mK.In order to facilitate beam characterization under higher loading, the Ti sensors are in series with an Al TESwith Tc of 1.2 K. Each telescope contains four detector tiles, each with 64 dual-polarization elements in an 8? 8array. Two of the detector pairs on each tile are dark sensors with no coupling to antennas, for a total of 496optically coupled, 150 GHz detectors and 16 dark TES detectors per receiver.? The detectors are designed tobe read out with NIST three-stage SQUID hardware and the University of British Columbia Multi-ChannelElectronics (MCE) system, with time-domain multiplexing. The technology of antenna-coupled TES detectorswith multiplexed readout has allowed Bicep2 to increase the detector count of Bicep by a factor of five. TheKeck Array, with five telescopes, increases this detector count by a further factor of five.Each telescope is housed within a cryostat that provides cooling to 4 K. The Bicep2 and Keck Array designshave progressively eliminated consumable cryogens, for which the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station has limited?The detector counts for future 100 and 220 GHz receivers will be different. Bicep2 has two fewer dark pairs, for atotal of 12 dark and 500 optically coupled TESs.Proc. of SPIE Vol. 8452  84521A-4Downloaded From: http://proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/ on 08/13/2013 Terms of Use: http://spiedl.org/termsstorage and transportation capacity. Bicep2 sits inside a liquid helium cryostat from Redstone Aerospace?,which is similar to the Bicep dewar but replaces a liquid nitrogen jacket with a vapor-cooled shield. The heliumreservoir has a capacity of 100 L, and consumes about 22 L/day during routine observing. The Keck Arraycryostats (Fig. 3), manufactured by Atlas UHV?, have several major changes relative to Bicep2. They add aremovable extension piece for a half-wave plate, eliminate the liquid helium reservoirs, and add a housing for aCryomech PT410 two-stage pulse tube cooler mounted on vibration-isolating bellows. The pulse tube coolers arerated to maintain T < 50 K on the first stage, with loading up to 45 W, and T < 3.5 K on the second stage, withloading of 0.5 W. The thermal linkage from the pulse tube cold head to the 4 K plate of the telescope is madefrom a stack of high-purity Al foil, which provides excellent thermal conduction while isolating the telescopefrom vibration of the pulse tube. The Keck Array cryocoolers and thermal linkage have demonstrated excellentperformance after deployment. During standard observing, the cooler achieves temperatures ? 3.0 K at thepulse tube second stage and ? 3.6 K on the telescope side of the Al strap. The first stage of the cryocoolermaintains ? 40 K.Cooling below 4 K is provided by a Duband three-stage 4He/3He/3He sorption refrigerator operating in aclosed cycle. Bicep2 has made several improvements in the thermal architecture in order to improve stability andreduce microphonic pickup. These have also been adopted by the Keck Array. The focal plane is cooled to basetemperature through copper-foil heat straps and a passive thermal filter and copper heat straps that link it to thelowest-temperature stage of the fridge. The passive thermal filter is a stainless steel block, 5.5 cm?2.5 cm?2.5 cm.The focal plane is supported by a truss structure of carbon-fiber rods, providing good thermal isolation from the4 K stage.17 Temperature control is achieved using resistive heaters and thermometers on the focal plane and atthe fridge side of the passive thermal filter, servoed to suppress thermal fluctuations and to keep the focal planeat a temperature near 280 mK. The thermal architecture of Bicep2 has performed well. Estimates of the levelat which thermal fluctuations on the focal plane enter CMB maps are lower than the corresponding estimatesfor Bicep, and the overall thermal stability while scanning has met our design goals.The Bicep2 refrigerator can be recycled in slightly under 4 hours, after which it remains at a stable basetemperature for at least 80 hours. The recycling operation and liquid helium fill are performed every threesidereal days, during a cryogenic service block of six hours. Several times per month, during clear weather,the cryogenic service block is also used for star observations, which are analyzed to characterize the telescopepointing and particularly to detect any shifts in the pointing. Star observations are performed several times permonth, during In the Keck Array performance varies by receiver, and the observing schedule must accommodatethe receiver with the longest service time and shortest hold time. The fridge recycling requires up to six hours,generally completing by the end of the six-hour service block. For the Keck Array this cryogenic service blockoccurs every two sidereal days.3. SENSITIVITY IMPROVEMENTSSeveral upgrades since the initial deployment of Bicep2 and the Keck Array have substantially increased theirsensitivities. Although some details differ between the two experiments, these improvements have proceededalong parallel paths. We have reduced aliased noise by increasing the multiplexing rate, and optimized thedetector biases for sensitivity and to minimize the number of unresponsive detectors.Bicep2 has continued to run since deployment in a single cooldown without warming up or breaking vacuum.The Keck Array underwent major upgrades during the 2011-12 austral summer. This included the addition oftwo new receivers, the replacement of the focal plane and detectors in one receiver, and the removal of coldhalf-wave plates from two of the receivers.3.1 Detector bias improvementsIn both experiments, the TES detector bias voltages were chosen conservatively at initial deployment. Thesewere revisited after several months of observation, with the goals of improving overall sensitivity and eliminating?http://www.redstoneaerospace.com/?http://www.atlasuhv.com/Proc. of SPIE Vol. 8452  84521A-5Downloaded From: http://proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/ on 08/13/2013 Terms of Use: http://spiedl.org/termsinstabilities in some detectors. The new, optimized biases were chosen after study of the detector responsivityand stability in situ under good, winter observing conditions.The detector bias is provided by the Multi-Channel Electronics (MCE) system. The TESs are biased witha common current bias for the 32 detectors? in each multiplexing column. This current bias is converted into avoltage bias by a shunt resistor in parallel with the TES. This scheme allows some optimization of the biases forvariation between detectors, since each multiplexing column can have a different bias voltage. The bias settingsfor each column must be chosen to give good responsivity and stability for all the detectors sharing that biascurrent. The responsivity is highest when the detector is within the middle portion of the superconducting-normal transition, i.e. the fractional resistance R/Rnormal is not too close to zero or one. When the resistance istoo low, the detector may also enter a state of unstable electrothermal feedback, which renders it unusable andcan cause crosstalk signals on nearby channels. The optimal bias value depends on detector parameters suchas thermal conductance and superconducting transition temperature. These are relatively consistent among thedetectors in a single multiplexing column, which are always located on the same physical detector tile. Theoptimal bias values also depend on atmospheric loading. Under low-loading (winter) conditions, the highestresponsivity is attained at relatively high bias voltage. Under high-loading (summer) conditions, on the otherhand, lower bias voltages are required to keep R/Rnormal well below one.At deployment of Bicep2, the TES biases were chosen conservatively, during the austral summer. Theywere deliberately somewhat lower than the optimal per-column values, in order to avoid regions of decreasingresponsivity.12 During mid-2010, additional test data were taken at a variety of biases under winter conditions oflow atmospheric loading. These studies led to improved bias selections, with an expected improvement of 10-20%in mapping speed. The new biases are the result of a careful balance between achieving the best sensitivity for asmany detectors as possible, while minimizing the number of detectors that are either unresponsive or unstable.This optimization is done in the total NET of each column, rather than in a per-detector mean. Therefore, it hassometimes been acceptable to allow detectors with unusual bias requirements to fall off the transition entirely,in exchange for achieving better sensitivity in the others. The SQUID feedback is switched off for some unstabledetectors, so that their noisy feedback signal does not affect neighboring channels through the known crosstalkmechanisms of the readout system.18The new detector biases were adopted on September 14, 2010, and have been used through the remainder ofthe 2010 season, continuing through the full 2011 season and the 2012 season now in progress. The Keck Arrayhas followed a similar procedure, with conservative bias settings at deployment replaced by more nearly optimalvalues after study under winter loading.143.2 Faster multiplexingThe multiplexing configuration used by Bicep2 in 2010 has been described in detail in a previous SPIE confer-ence.10 The row visit rate was 15 kHz, so any noise above 7.5 kHz that was not adequately suppressed beforedigitization could be aliased and impact the low-frequency region containing the CMB signal. Accordingly, thereadout includes 1.35 ?H bandwidth-limiting inductors on the Nyquist chips. The resulting LR circuit is asingle-pole filter with cutoff at 5?6kHz.? Because the pole of this slow-rolloff filter is not far below the Nyquistfilter of the multiplexing system in 15-kHz configuration, some amount of noise aliasing will occur.A detailed noise model and comparison with observed noise levels were presented in an earlier SPIE confer-ence.12 It was found that, under 4?6 pW loading, the total noise-equivalent power (NEP) at low frequency was50?60 aW/?Hz. Photon noise was the largest contribution, with phonon noise (thermal fluctuation noise) at acomparable but lower level. Excess noise was also seen, and became dominant above 100 Hz. When multiplexingat 15 kHz, this excess noise was partly aliased into the low-frequency (< 5 Hz) science band, raising the totalNEP to 70?80 aW/?Hz.Although this noise aliasing was understood at the time of deployment, it was not possible to shift theNyquist filter because higher-inductance Nyquist chips were not available. Instead, it was anticipated that the?Each column also contains one open-input SQUID, for 33 total channels.?The R of the LR circuit is the resistance of the TES itself, so the exact Nyquist frequency depends on the detectorbias.Proc. of SPIE Vol. 8452  84521A-6Downloaded From: http://proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/ on 08/13/2013 Terms of Use: http://spiedl.org/termsTable 1. Multiplexing parameters used by Bicep2 and the Keck Array15 kHz 25 kHzRaw ADC sample rate 50 MHz 50 MHzRow dwell 98 samples 60 samplesRow switching rate 510 kHz 833 kHzNumber of rows 33 33Row revisit rate 15.46 kHz 25.25 kHzInternal downsample 150 140Output data rate per channel 103 Hz 180 HzSoftware downsample 5 9Archived data rate 20.6 Hz 20.0 Hznoise aliasing could be ameliorated by shifting to a faster multiplexing rate. This requires a shorter dwell time oneach row. The dwell time must be long enough that all transients associated with row switching have fully settledbefore moving on to the next row. These transients are a form of crosstalk between detectors in neighboringmultiplexing rows.18 Bicep2 continued to operate at 15-kHz readout until it could be demonstrated that a fastermultiplexing rate would not increase row-switching crosstalk to unacceptable levels.These studies of crosstalk and multiplexing rate were performed in late 2010, and it was found that (aftermaking other adjustments to the SQUID bias settings) the readout rate could be increased without significantincrease in crosstalk. As part of the 2010?11 summer upgrades, Bicep2 began to run with 25 kHz row switching.The new multiplexing parameters are shown in Table 1. We expected the reduction in aliased noise to yield asensitivity gain of about 20% in the Bicep2 2011 and 2012 data.12 The actual gains in sensitivity are discussedin Sec. 4.2.The Keck Array was able to obtain Nyquist chips with 2.0 ?H inductors for four of its five receivers (allexcept rx0). This reduced the noise aliasing, but there remains a further benefit from faster readout. The initialdeployment continued to use the well-tested 15-kHz multiplexing configuration, pending successful outcome ofthe 25-kHz change in Bicep2 and study of crosstalk in the slightly different Keck Array readout hardware.Since the faster readout was found also to work well in Keck Array with acceptable levels of crosstalk, theKeck Array row-switching rate was increased to 25 kHz during the 2011-12 summer. Although the Keck Arrayuses newer versions of the MCE hardware and firmware, allowing greater freedom in the choice of multiplexingparameters, we have adopted the same values used in Bicep2 for consistency and because they have already beendemonstrated to work well. As a result, the Bicep2 2010 and Keck Array 2011 data sets use the same 15-kHzreadout settings, and the Bicep2 2011-12 and Keck Array 2012 data sets use the same 25-kHz readout settings.3.3 Temperature controlThe Bicep2 and Keck Array focal planes are cooled to 250 mK by Duband three-stage 4He/3He/3He sorptionrefrigerators operating in a closed cycle. The thermal path between the refrigerator and the focal plane has beendesigned to isolate the focal plane assembly from microphonic noise and from short-period thermal fluctuations.The 4-K, 350-mK, and base temperature stages of the refrigerator are connected to the truss assembly behindthe focal plane by flexible, straps of layered copper foil. The 250-mK strap is attached to a stainless steel passivethermal filter that effectively isolates the focal plane from thermal fluctuations faster than about 1300 s.10The temperatures of the thermal straps, focal plane, and detector tile are monitored with neutron-transmutationdoped (NTD) germanium thermistors. These are paired with heaters that provide for active thermal control inseveral possible configurations. In standard observing, the primary thermal control is on the fridge side (?dirty?side) of the passive thermal filter. This control loop is tuned to have <? 1-Hz bandwidth in order to removetemperature variations produced in the refrigerator as the telescope scans. The remaining small fluctuations areProc. of SPIE Vol. 8452  84521A-7Downloaded From: http://proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/ on 08/13/2013 Terms of Use: http://spiedl.org/termsstrongly attenuated by the stainless steel filter. The heater on the focal plane copper plate is also servoed. This?slow? control loop has a time constant of ? 30 s and is intended to keep the detector tiles at the designatedoperating temperature, rather than to suppress thermal fluctuations.The effectiveness of this thermal architecture is assessed using NTD germanium thermometers mounted onthe detector tiles themselves. In the first year of Bicep2 observing, the thermometry suffered from elevatednoise due to microphonic pickup in the high-impedance wiring and excess noise in the room-temperature readoutelectronics. This additional noise had minimal effect on the thermal stability of the detector tiles, as it waswell above the bandwidth of the thermal control loop on the focal plane. However, it did impede efforts tocharacterize the thermal performance of the system.For the second and third seasons of Bicep2, the alternating current thermistor bias signals have been increasedin frequency from 50 Hz to 100 Hz in order to better avoid microphonic noise. An upgrade to the readout firmwareallowed the use of nulling resistors and increased bias amplitudes (typical values 15 mV in 2010 to 40 mV in2011?12) for higher signal-to-noise. The Keck Array uses a later hardware version of the digital electronics,which eliminates much of the excess noise seen by Bicep2.3.4 Additional Keck Array receiversThe Keck Array initially deployed three receivers for the 2011 season, known as rx0, rx1, and rx2. Two newreceivers were added during the 2011?12 summer, rx3 and rx4. In addition, the detectors in one receiver (rx1)were found to have degraded performance relative to the other recievers. Its focal plane unit was replaced aspart of the year-two upgrades. Although the 2011 and 2012 receivers have all contained detectors at 150 GHz,the modular Keck Array design also allows the possibility of swapping in receivers at 100 GHz and 220 GHz inthe future.3.5 Half-wave platesThe Keck Array cryostat design included a removable extension to allow for additional thermal filters or for astepped half-wave plate. During the 2011 season, two of the receivers, (rx1 and rx2) were actually equipped withsapphire half-wave plates cooled to 6 K, and wave-plate rotations were incorporated into an observing strategybased on the Bicep2 pattern.10 Before each sidereal day?s observations, the telescope was rotated about theboresight axis, so that each day covered one of the four boresight orientations 68?, 113?, 248?, 293?. (These areidentical to the boresight angles used by Bicep2, and allow separation of the Q and U Stokes parameters as wellas providing a 180? jackknife for characterization and control of systematics). After four days of data-taking,covering all four boresight angles, the half-wave plates were stepped by 45?. This procedure is repeated to coverthe four half-wave-plate orientations 0, 45?, 90?, 135?.This observing pattern was intended to address the known differential pointing common to the antenna-coupled detectors (0.1 ? 0.04? in Bicep2,11 typically 0.05? or smaller in the Keck Array15). The wave-platerotation periodically exchanges the roles of the two detectors in each pair, while the boresight orientation and allother aspects of the observation remain fixed. Jackknife combinations of maps made at different half-wave plateorientations could be used to better characterize the differential pointing, and coadding maps over half-waveplate orientations would suppress the temperature-to-polarization leakage caused by differential pointing.In the 2011 data set, the two receivers with half-wave plates were found to suffer from degraded opticalresponsivity and additional beam systematics that were difficult to understand. These issues disappeared whenthe half-wave plates were removed for 2012 observing.4. PERFORMANCE AND RESULTSBicep2 has now completed two years of observing and is at the midpoint of its third year. We present measuresof the observing efficiency and sensitivity, particularly showing the significant gain in sensitivity resulting fromthe upgrades described above. We also present preliminary maps from Bicep2, including maps of the Stokes Qand U parameters and E and B polarization.The Keck Array has completed one year of observing and is now in the middle of its second year, with greatlyimproved sensitivity thanks to the additional receivers and other upgrades. A detailed discussion of the KeckProc. of SPIE Vol. 8452  84521A-8Downloaded From: http://proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/ on 08/13/2013 Terms of Use: http://spiedl.org/terms2010 2011 2012020406080100fraction of calendar time  CalibrationsFridge cycleOn sourceBICEP2Figure 4. Time spent by Bicep2 in CMB scans, regular calibrations, and refrigerator cycling since January 1, 2010. Duringaustral summers (November-February), observing schedules have been interspersed with beam mapping and other testsand calibrations. During the austral winter, on-source efficiency has been high, never falling far below the ideal 79.2%in the late 2011 and early 2012 observing periods. The remaining time not categorized in this figure includes scheduledpauses for detector biasing, thermal settling, and telescope slewing; spare time in the 6-hour cryogenic block; and timespent in summer calibration and testing tasks.Array 2012 sensitivity, along with preliminary maps, may be found in a companion paper (Kernasovskiy et al.,this volume14).4.1 Observing efficiencyBicep2 has a three-day cryogenic hold time and an ideal on-source fraction of 79.2%. This is the fraction of thetime that the telescope would spend on the field if it continuously executed the standard three-day observingschedule, without interruption. (Because the Keck Array has a two-day observing cycle, its maximum observingefficiency is slightly lower, 70.0%.) Observing during the austral winter has generally been very close to thisideal value, as shown in Fig. 4. In particular, the on-source fraction since mid-2011 has never fallen far belowthe ideal value except during summer beam-mapping and other calibrations. The on-source fraction includesobservations of a galactic field, which is allotted seven hours out of each three-day Bicep2 observing schedule.In all, Bicep2 has integrated on the primary CMB field for 4395 hours in 2010?, 4891 hours in 2011??, and 2034hours so far in 2012??. These on-source figures are before the application of weather and data-quality cuts, andinclude the scan turn-arounds, which are not used for mapmaking and account for 22.3% of on-source time.4.2 SensitivityThe sensitivity of Bicep2 has been calculated for three time periods: early 2010, late 2010, and 2011-12. Theearly 2010 period is as deployed, with 15-kHz multiplexing and conservative TES biases. The late 2010 periodstill has 15-kHz readout, but uses the improved TES biases for higher signal-to-noise ratio. The 2011-12 perioduses the faster 25-kHz readout with lower noise, and the improved detector biases.Sensitivity has been expressed as a noise-equivalent temperature (NET) as determined in two ways: fromtime-stream noise in the 0.1?1 Hz signal band; and from the variance of pixel values in maps differenced betweenleft-going and right-going scans (a scan-direction jackknife map). The methodology for calculating the NETs isas in Kernasovskiy et al.14 in these proceedings. The results are broadly consistent. The per-detector NETs aregiven in Table 2, and the overall instrument NETs in Table 3, after Brevik et al.19,20 Note that the NET in thelate-2010 period has been calculated only from timestream noise spectra, and not from maps.?from February 1??from January 1??January 1-May 31Proc. of SPIE Vol. 8452  84521A-9Downloaded From: http://proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/ on 08/13/2013 Terms of Use: http://spiedl.org/termsTable 2. Per-detector Bicep2 NETPeriod Time stream NET, ?K?s Map NET, ?K?sEarly 2010 433 422Late 2010 379 -2011-12 316 313Table 3. Bicep2 instrument NETPeriod Time stream NET, ?K?s Map NET, ?K?sEarly 2010 22.1 21.5Late 2010 19.1 -2011-12 15.9 15.84.3 Polarization mapsIn Fig. 5(a) and 5(b) we show Bicep2 polarization maps made with the full-season 2010 and 2011 data sets. Thedata analysis is similar to that used in Bicep.5 These maps do not include analysis techniques being developed21to remove the leaked polarization signal caused by differential pointing of the two detectors in a polarization-pair. The E-mode signal around ? = 400 is readily apparent as a set of horizontal and vertical structures in theStokes-Q map and diagonal structures in the Stokes-U map. The prevalence of E-mode power at this angularscale results from the intrinsic shape of the E-mode CMB spectrum (which increases with ? below ell = 1000)and the Bicep2 beams, which are not sensitive to power at higher ?. We have estimated the map noise level bymaking separate maps from the left-going and right-going scans, differencing them, and dividing by two. Thisscan-direction jackknife map should contain noise at the same level as the fully coadded map, but no signal.From the pixel variance in the well-covered central region, we calculate noise levels in the Stokes Q and U mapsof 0.139 and 0.138 ?K in square-degree pixels (8.3 ?K ? arcmin).Fig. 6 and 7 shows the E-mode and B-mode patterns respectively reconstructed from two seasons of Bicepdata5 and from the two-season Stokes Q and U maps shown in Fig. 5(a) and 5(b). These have been apodizedusing the variance per map pixel, and filtered to the angular scale 50 ? ? ? 120. The E-mode maps are similar,and the lower level of power in the B-mode map shows the improved sensitivity of Bicep2 relative to Bicep.5. CONCLUSIONBicep2 has completed two years of observation at the South Pole, and is currently in the middle of its thirdseason. The Keck Array has completed its first season, with three receivers, and is now in the middle of its secondseason, with five receivers. Both have made substantial improvements to their sensitivity, through optimizationof the detector biases and readout rate, and through the addition of new Keck Array receivers and replacementof detectors. Bicep2 has accumulated a total of 11320 hours on the primary CMB field. We have presented forthe first time preliminary Bicep2 maps of the primary CMB field in polarization, showing the improvement insensitivity over the original Bicep experiment.ACKNOWLEDGMENTSThe Bicep2 and Keck Array projects have been made possible through support from the National ScienceFoundation (grant Nos. ANT-1044978 / ANT-1110087), the Keck Foundation, the Canada Foundation forInnovation, and the British Columbia Development Fund. Detector development has been made possible bythe generous support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. RWO gratefully acknowledges support fromthe Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology. We are grateful to Steffen Richter as our 2010-12Bicep2 winter-over, and to Robert Schwarz as our 2011-12 Keck Array winter-over. The Bicep2 and KeckArray teams would also like to thank the South Pole Station staff for logistical support. We thank our Bicepand Spider colleagues for useful discussions and shared expertise.Proc. of SPIE Vol. 8452  84521A-10Downloaded From: http://proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/ on 08/13/2013 Terms of Use: http://spiedl.org/termsRA / degDE / degTwo?season BICEP2 Q  ?50?40?30?20?1001020304050?70?65?60?55?50?45?K?505(a)RA / degDE / degTwo?season BICEP2 U  ?50?40?30?20?1001020304050?70?65?60?55?50?45?K?505(b)Figure 5. Bicep2 polarization maps of the Stokes Q parameter (a) and Stokes U parameter (b) from full-season 2010and 2011 data. Map pixels are 0.25? in declination and 0.47? in right ascension. The maps have not been apodizedor smoothed in ?. The structure of the CMB polarization is immediately apparent by eye: power is predominantlyvertical and horizontal in Q, and diagonal in U. This pattern corresponds to E-mode polarization with very little powerin B-modes.Proc. of SPIE Vol. 8452  84521A-11Downloaded From: http://proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/ on 08/13/2013 Terms of Use: http://spiedl.org/termsRA / degDE / degTwo?season BICEP1 E  ?50?40?30?20?1001020304050?70?65?60?55?50?45?K?505(a)RA / degDE / degTwo?season BICEP2 E  ?50?40?30?20?1001020304050?70?65?60?55?50?45?K?505(b)Figure 6. Maps in E-mode polarization made from two full seasons of (a) Bicep data (2006?07) and (b) Bicep2 data(2010?11). These maps are apodized by the pixel variance map and include modes in the range 50 ? ? ? 120. TheE-mode maps from both Bicep and Bicep2 are dominated by true CMB polarization, and hence show common features.Proc. of SPIE Vol. 8452  84521A-12Downloaded From: http://proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/ on 08/13/2013 Terms of Use: http://spiedl.org/termsRA / degDE / degTwo?season BICEP1 B  ?50?40?30?20?1001020304050?70?65?60?55?50?45?K?505(a)RA / degDE / degTwo?season BICEP2 B  ?50?40?30?20?1001020304050?70?65?60?55?50?45?K?505(b)Figure 7. Maps in B-mode polarization made from two full seasons of (a) Bicep data (2006?07) and (b) Bicep2 data(2010?11). These maps are apodized by the pixel variance map and include modes in the range 50 ? ? ? 120. The BicepB-mode map is dominated by noise. The greater sensitivity and mapping speed of Bicep2 result in a B-mode map withmuch smaller amplitude.Proc. of SPIE Vol. 8452  84521A-13Downloaded From: http://proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/ on 08/13/2013 Terms of Use: http://spiedl.org/termsREFERENCES[1] de Bernardis, P., Ade, P. A. 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