The six-month nights, extremely dry and stable weather, and the precise rotation of the sky about the zenith make South Pole Station the ideal terrestrial site for this ambitious project.
It began searching for the GWB in 2006 by:
- Pioneering an orders-of-magnitude improvement in this exciting new field
- Characterizing the diffuse astrophysical foregrounds which are of direct interest to Galactic astronomers
- Demonstrating new technologies and methodologies that promise to be of broad importance to millimeter-wave polarimetry
- Providing excellent training for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in labs which have a very strong track-record in this regard.