Measuring Reionization, Neutrino Mass, and Cosmic Inflation with BFORE

Sean Bryan, Peter Ade, J. Richard Bond, Francois Boulanger, Mark Devlin, Simon Doyle, Jeffrey Filippini, Laura Fissel, Christopher Groppi, Gilbert Holder, Johannes Hubmayr, Philip Mauskopf, Jeffrey McMahon, Johanna Nagy, C. Barth Netterfield, Michael Niemack, Giles Novak, Enzo Pascale, Giampaolo Pisano, John RuhlDouglas Scott, Juan Soler, Carole Tucker, Joaquin Vieira

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Abstract

BFORE is a NASA high-altitude ultra-long-duration balloon mission proposed to measure the cosmic microwave background (CMB) across half the sky during a 28-day mid-latitude flight launched from Wanaka, New Zealand. With the unique access to large angular scales and high frequencies provided by the balloon platform, BFORE will significantly improve measurements of the optical depth to reionization τ, breaking parameter degeneracies needed for a measurement of neutrino mass with the CMB. The large angular scale data will enable BFORE to hunt for the large-scale gravitational wave B-mode signal, as well as

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Jul 5 2017

Keywords

  • Cosmic Microwave Background
  • Inflation
  • Microwave SQUID
  • Neutrinos
  • Reionization
  • Scientific Ballooning
  • TES detectors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General

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