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South Pole Telescope

The South Pole Telescope is a 10 meter diameter telescope operating at the NSF South Pole research station. The telescope is designed for conducting large-area millimeter and sub-millimeter wave surveys of faint, low contrast emission, as required to map primary and secondary anisotropies in the cosmic microwave background. The SPT is a collaboration between the U of Chicago, UC Berkley, Case Western Reserve University, U of Illinois, and Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and is primarily funded through NSF OPP.


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Measurements of the anisotropy in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), including new results from SPT [Lueker et al., 2009]. The model curves represent the best-fit primary, lensed CMB (red dashed line); thermal and kinetic SZ effect (black lines); residual point sources (yellow solid line); and total (thick red solid line).

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September 18, 2019