The Millimeter-Wave Bolometric Interferometer (MBI):
The MBI-4 demonstrator, and a future space-based version of MBI,
will be capable of performing the following scientific observations:
- Search for primordial B-mode polarization in the cosmic microwave background (CMB).
- Search for intracluster magnetic fields via Faraday rotation.
- Map magnetic fields near the core of our galaxy.
With the MBI-4 demonstrator and a future spaced-based
MBI we expect to achieve the following scientific goals:
- Characterize the polarization of the CMB. MBI will measure simultaneously the temperature
and polarization anisotropy of the CMB at angular scales from 30' to 40''
- Characterize clustering in the far-infrared background (FIRB).
- Measure and map magnetic fields near the center of the galaxy by measuring the Faraday
rotation of synchrotron radiation.
- Measure the wavelength dependent properties of dust polarization.
Other possible science goals include the following:
- Image the Sunyaev-Zeldovich (SZ) effect in clusters of galaxies.
- Spectrally separate the kinetic and thermal SZ effects. Search for CMB and SZ point
MBI-4 observing the sky from Pine Bluff Observatory
The development of MBI is supported by NASA