NIST Optimizes Camera Performance at South Pole Telescope.

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At South Pole Telescope, NIST Boulder researcher Johannes (Hannes) Hubmayr spent several weeks optimizing performance of NIST camera delivered in 2011. Said camera measures signals generated fractions of a second after Big Bang, helping scientists learn about conditions and evolution of early universe. Hubmayr's tasks included snowmobiling across Antarctic tundra to set up equipment and climbing on top of telescope to sweep snow away from dish.



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NIST Goes to the End of the Earth for Measurement Science



NIST Boulder researcher Johannes (Hannes) Hubmayr recently spent several weeks at the South Pole Telescope, where he optimized the performance of a NIST camera delivered to the telescope in 2011. The camera measures signals generated fractions of a second after the Big Bang to help scientists learn about the conditions and evolution of the early universe. The instrument is performing remarkably well. Hubmayr’s tasks included snowmobiling across the Antarctic tundra to set up equipment and climbing on top of the telescope to sweep snow away from the dish.



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To learn more about the NIST project that is contributing to South Pole Telescope effort, go to: http://www.nist.gov/pml/div686/devices/sensors.cfm.



Media Contact: Laura Ost, laura.ost@nist.gov, 303-497-4880

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