Walter K Gear

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SCUBA, the Submillimetre Common-User Bolometer Array, built by the Royal Observatory Edinburgh for the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, is the most versatile and powerful of a new generation of submillimetre cameras. It combines a sensitive dual-waveband imaging array with a three-band photometer, and is sky-background limited by the emission from the Mauna(More)
We present total and polarized intensity images of 15 active galactic nuclei obtained with the Very Long Baseline Array at 7 mm wavelength at 17 epochs from 1998 March to 2001 April. At some epochs the images are accompanied by nearly simultaneous polarization measurements at 3 mm, 1.35/0.85 mm, and optical wavelengths. Here we analyze the 7 mm images to(More)
Dust emission around the nearby star ǫ Eridani has been imaged using a new submillimetre camera (SCUBA at the JCMT). At 850 µm wavelength a ring of dust is seen, peaking at 60 AU from the star and with much lower emission inside 30 AU. The mass of the ring is at least ∼ 0.01 M ⊕ in dust, while an upper limit of 0.4 M ⊕ in molecular gas is imposed by CO(More)
Blazars are the most extreme active galactic nuclei. They possess oppositely directed plasma jets emanating at near light speeds from accreting supermassive black holes. According to theoretical models, such jets are propelled by magnetic fields twisted by differential rotation of the black hole's accretion disk or inertial-frame-dragging ergosphere. The(More)
The Submillimetre Common-User Bolometer Array (SCUBA) is one of a new generation of cameras designed to operate in the submillimetre waveband. The instrument has a wide wavelength range covering all the atmospheric transmission windows between 300 and 2000 µm. In the heart of the instrument are two arrays of bolometers optimised for the short (350/450 µm)(More)
Modern far-infrared and submillimeter instruments require large-format arrays. We consider the relative performance of filled-array (bare pixel) and feedhorn-coupled architectures for bolometer focal planes. Based on typical array parameters, we quantify the relative observing speeds and comment on the merits of the different architectures. Filled arrays(More)
The Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE), is the Herschel Space Observatory's submillimetre camera and spectrometer. It contains a three-band imaging photometer operating at 250, 350 and 500 µm, and an imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS) which covers simultaneously its whole operating range of 194-671 µm (447-1550 GHz). The SPIRE(More)
We report on multi-frequency linear polarization monitoring of 15 active galactic nuclei containing highly relativistic jets with apparent speeds from ∼4 c to >40c. The measurements were obtained at optical, 1 mm, and 3 mm wavelengths , and at 7 mm with the Very Long Baseline Array. The data show a wide – 2 – range in degree of linear polarization among the(More)
We present the results of new rest-frame far-IR observations of the z = 4.25 radio galaxy, 8C 1435+635, which not only confirm that it contains an enormous quantity of dust (as first inferred from its mm-wave detection by Ivison 1995) but also allow the first meaningful constraints to be placed on the mass of this dust and associated gas. The new(More)
  • J R Hinderks, P Ade, J Bock, M Bowden, M L Brown, G Cahill +21 others
  • 2009
We describe the QUaD experiment, a millimeter-wavelength polarimeter designed to observe the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) from a site at the South Pole. The experiment comprises a 2.64 m Cassegrain telescope equipped with a cryogenically cooled receiver containing an array of 62 polarization-sensitive bolome-ters. The focal plane contains pixels at two(More)