Mission design of LiteBIRD

T. Matsumura, Y. Akiba, J. Borrill, Y. Chinone, M. Dobbs, H. Fuke, A. Ghribi, M. Hasegawa, K. Hattori, M. Hattori, M. Hazumi, W. Holzapfel, Y. Inoue, K. Ishidoshiro, H. Ishino, H. Ishitsuka, K. Karatsu, N. Katayama, I. Kawano, A. KibayashiY. Kibe, K. Kimura, N. Kimura, K. Koga, M. Kozu, E. Komatsu, A. Lee, H. Matsuhara, S. Mima, K. Mitsuda, K. Mizukami, H. Morii, T. Morishima, S. Murayama, M. Nagai, R. Nagata, S. Nakamura, M. Naruse, K. Natsume, T. Nishibori, H. Nishino, A. Noda, T. Noguchi, H. Ogawa, S. Oguri, I. Ohta, C. Otani, P. Richards, S. Sakai, N. Sato, Y. Sato, Y. Sekimoto, A. Shimizu, K. Shinozaki, H. Sugita, T. Suzuki, A. Suzuki, O. Tajima, S. Takada, S. Takakura, Y. Takei, T. Tomaru, Y. Uzawa, T. Wada, H. Watanabe, M. Yoshida, N. Yamasaki, T. Yoshida, K. Yotsumoto

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LiteBIRD is a next-generation satellite mission to measure the polarization of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation. On large angular scales the B-mode polarization of the CMB carries the imprint of primordial gravitational waves, and its precise measurement would provide a powerful probe of the epoch of inflation. The goal of LiteBIRD is to achieve a measurement of the characterizing tensor to scalar ratio r to an uncertainty of δr = 0.001. In order to achieve this goal we will employ a kilo-pixel superconducting detector array on a cryogenically cooled sub-Kelvin focal plane with an optical system at a temperature of 4 K. We are currently considering two detector array options; transition edge sensor (TES) bolometers and microwave kinetic inductance detectors. In this paper we give an overview of LiteBIRD and describe a TES-based polarimeter designed to achieve the target sensitivity of 2 μK arcmin over the frequency range 50-320 GHz.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)733-740
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Low Temperature Physics
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Sep


  • B-mode polarization
  • Cosmic microwave background radiation
  • Inflation
  • Transition edge sensor bolometer for space application

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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