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B mode detected by South Pole Telescope

  1. Jul 23, 2013 #1

    but its from gravitational lensing not primordial gravity waves so guess we are still waiting for those, but a good sign methinks.
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2013
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  3. Jul 23, 2013 #2
    thanks I found it an interesting read
  4. Jul 24, 2013 #3


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    That's really cool :)

    Unfortunately, getting at the gravitational lensing portion of the B-mode requires going to very large scales (low [itex]\ell[/itex]), and the South Pole Telescope isn't equipped for measuring very large scales (it can effectively see roughly 1/10th of the sky, and the survey area is just over half that).

    I'm hoping that the EBEX results will be available before too long. It flew late last year/early this year, and was designed explicitly for the detection of large-scale polarization signals. I'm rather excited to see what they find.
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