Mapping clusters of galaxies with a stratospheric balloon experiment

S. Masi*, D. Brienza, L. Conversi, P. De Bernardis, M. De Petris, P. Fiadino, A. Iacoangeli, L. Lamagna, C. Marini Bettolo, L. Moncelsi, L. Nati, F. Nati, F. Piacentini, G. Polenta, R. Rispoli, P. A.R. Ade, P. Hargrave, P. Mauskopf, G. Pisano, G. SaviniC. Tucker, A. Boscaleri, S. Peterzen, D. Spoto, D. Carpinteri, S. Colafrancesco, Y. Rephaeli, G. Di Stefano, G. Romeo, A. Delbart, L. Doumoulin, P. Camus, J. B. Juin, C. Magneville, J. P. Pansart, D. Yvon, V. Gromov, I. Maslov

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We describe the scientific rationale and the preliminary calibrations of the OLIMPO experiment: a 2.6 m stratospheric balloon borne telescope, to be flown in 2008 in a long duration circumpolar flight. One of the main goals of the experiment is to map with high sensitivity and resolution at mm and submm wavelengths the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect in many clusters of galaxies, both in the Northern and in the Southern hemisphere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-512
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
Issue number647 SP
StatePublished - Jun 2007
Event18th ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research - Visby, Sweden
Duration: 3 Jun 20077 Jun 2007


  • Clusters of galaxies
  • Cosmology
  • Long duration stratospheric balloons
  • mm/sub-mm astronomy


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