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August 1, 2017: A 500-square-degree map of the CMB E-mode polarization made with data from the SPTpol receiver. This is the most sensitive map of the CMB polarization at these scales over this large an area of sky. (From Henning et al. 2017.)



 

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The South Pole Telescope (or SPT) is a telescope deployed at the South Pole that is designed to study the Cosmic Microwave background. Constructed between November 2006 and February 2007, the SPT is the largest telescope ever deployed at the South Pole. This telescope provides astronomers a powerful new tool to explore dark energy, the mysterious phenomena that may be causing the universe to accelerate. We invite you to explore these pages to share in our experiences during the design, construction, and (currently) operation of this powerful telescope.

 
 
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