SPT-3G: A Multichroic Receiver for the South Pole Telescope

A. J. Anderson, P. A.R. Ade, Z. Ahmed, J. E. Austermann, J. S. Avva, P. S. Barry, R. Basu Thakur, A. N. Bender, B. A. Benson, L. E. Bleem, K. Byrum, J. E. Carlstrom, F. W. Carter, T. Cecil, C. L. Chang, H. M. Cho, J. F. Cliche, T. M. Crawford, A. Cukierman, E. V. DenisonT. de Haan, J. Ding, M. A. Dobbs, D. Dutcher, W. Everett, A. Foster, R. N. Gannon, A. Gilbert, J. C. Groh, N. W. Halverson, A. H. Harke-Hosemann, N. L. Harrington, J. W. Henning, G. C. Hilton, G. P. Holder, W. L. Holzapfel, N. Huang, K. D. Irwin, O. B. Jeong, M. Jonas, T. Khaire, L. Knox, A. M. Kofman, M. Korman, D. Kubik, S. Kuhlmann, N. Kuklev, C. L. Kuo, A. T. Lee, E. M. Leitch, A. E. Lowitz, S. S. Meyer, D. Michalik, J. Montgomery, A. Nadolski, T. Natoli, H. Nguyen, G. I. Noble, V. Novosad, S. Padin, Z. Pan, J. Pearson, C. M. Posada, A. Rahlin, C. L. Reichardt, J. E. Ruhl, L. J. Saunders, J. T. Sayre, I. Shirley, E. Shirokoff, G. Smecher, J. A. Sobrin, A. A. Stark, K. T. Story, A. Suzuki, Q. Y. Tang, K. L. Thompson, C. Tucker, L. R. Vale, K. Vanderlinde, J. D. Vieira, G. Wang, N. Whitehorn, V. Yefremenko, K. W. Yoon, M. R. Young

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A new receiver for the South Pole Telescope, SPT-3G, was deployed in early 2017 to map the cosmic microwave background at 95, 150, and 220 GHz with ∼ 16,000 detectors, 10 times more than its predecessor SPTpol. The increase in detector count is made possible by lenslet-coupled trichroic polarization-sensitive pixels fabricated at Argonne National Laboratory, new 68× frequency-domain multiplexing readout electronics, and a higher-throughput optical design. The enhanced sensitivity of SPT-3G will enable a wide range of results including constraints on primordial B-mode polarization, measurements of gravitational lensing of the CMB, and a galaxy cluster survey. Here we present an overview of the instrument and its science objectives, highlighting its measured performance and plans for the upcoming 2018 observing season.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1057-1065
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Low Temperature Physics
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018


  • CMB
  • Instrumentation
  • Polarimetry
  • SPT-3G

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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