BICEP2 detector

BICEP2 detector

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Credit: NASA/JPL-CALTECH/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: BICEP2 detector. Array containing the 512 superconducting detectors used in the BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole. These detectors were used to record and examine the effects of gravitational waves associated with the early epoch of our universe known as inflation. Between January 2010 and December 2012, these detectors were used to examine patterns in the cosmic microwave background (CMB). The distinctive B-mode pattern detected in the polarization of the CMB was announced in March 2014 as evidence for the inflation theory of the Big Bang. The detectors and related technology were developed and produced at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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