University of Waterloo
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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext 32215
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Balloon borne telescopes can achieve much of the promise of satellite borne experiments, at a fraction of the cost, while providing important tests for upcoming satellite missions. Four tonne telescopes can be launched above 99.5% of the atmosphere for flights flights up up to several weeks. I will discuss results from the recent BLASTpol submm telescope, and will discuss goals and performance of the recent flight of the Spider mm-wave telescope, designed to detect cosmological B-modes from gravitational waves from the epoch of Inflation. Additionally, the advent of Super-pressure Balloon missions will permit flights of up to 100 nights, opening up visible and near UV diffraction-limited imaging. I will discuss the upcoming SuperBIT mission designed to take early advantage of this new capability by using strong and weak gravitational lensing in diffraction limited wide field images to map the matter density in and around galaxy clusters.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.