Photos of the Day: NASA Tech Sees Birth of the Universe

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 7:35pm

The BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole used a specialized array of superconducting detectors to capture polarized light from billions of years ago.

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The detector array is shown here, under a microscope. Techniques called micro-lithography and micro-machining are used to fabricate the devices.

This image shows one of the NASA detectors from the BICEP2 project, developed in collaboration with the National Science Foundation. The sensors were used to make the first detection of gravitational waves in the ancient background light from the early universe.

This image shows an array of the 512 superconducting detectors used on the BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole. The technology was key to detecting the effects of gravitational waves associated with the early epoch of our universe known as inflation.

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