SO:UK Phase A

Lead Research Organisation: Cardiff University
Department Name: School of Physics and Astronomy


The Simons Observatory (SO, is a new Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) experiment to be located on Cerro Toco in the Atacama desert in northern Chile. It is an international project, led by the US, and with significant participation already from the UK, Japan, Canada, Chile, France, Italy, Sweden, South Africa, Australia and Israel. The project is currently funded primarily in the US at the level of ~$93M by the Simons Foundation, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and the primary US institutions. A collaboration of UK CMB scientists have proposed to STFC that it should fund a major UK role in the SO project (refereed to as "SO:UK"). This initial phase of the SO:UK project is aimed at producing a detailed project plan for the proposed UK contribution and on demonstrating some of the key technologies that have been proposed for the SO:UK instruments.


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