Doctoral Thesis of DVW
Here you can get access to electronic copies of my Doctoral Thesis entitled
BLAST: A Balloon-borne, Large-Aperture, Submillimetre Telescope.
This thesis is licenced to the public under a Creative Commons
Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 Canada License. Members of the
BLAST Collaboration may use this thesis under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 Canada License.
The version currently available from this page is the
Third Edition. It contains the several corrections and ammendations
to the First and Second Editions. It is available in either PostScript (ps)
or the Portable Document Format (PDF). Various layouts are available as
The First Edition of this thesis is available from the National
Library, although there's really no reason to seek that one out. The
Third Edition of this thesis is available from the Library of the
University of Toronto.
Corrections: Corrections and errata are always welcome. When
reporting corrections, please include the edition and layout of the copy to
be corrected. The relevant version and layout information can be found at
the end of the Proœmium (in the front matter, immediately before the Short
Known errors in this edition are noted below in the Corrigenda and
Available layouts for
the Third Edition
|Colour duplex—intended for double-sided printing on a colour
|Colour simplex—intended for single-sided printing on a colour
|Greyscale duplex—intended for double-sided printing on a
black-and-white printer||28+251 pages
|Greyscale simplex—intended for single-sided printing on a
black-and-white printer||23+248 pages
Notes on layouts:
- Duplex vs. simplex: Duplex layouts are designed for duplex
printing (printing on both sides of the page). They have page numbers
which are always on the outside edge of the page, and they force
chapters to start on new leaves. Simplex layouts always position the
page numbers at the top-right corner of the page, and never insert
- Colour vs. greyscale: Colour allows for a greater dynamic
range than greyscale printing (for the BLAST maps, ~60 to 100% more).
The colour layouts include full-colour maps. The greyscale layouts
contain greyscale maps, at reduced dynamic range. The colour maps are
not reproduced in a meaningful way on greyscale printers. NB: the greyscale
layouts still contain some colour figures, but these remaining colour
figures should print fine on a greyscale printer.
- On-screen reading: If you're not interested in printing the
thesis, but only want to read it on-screen, choose the
colour simplex PDF layout:
it has better dynamic range. Furthermore, the PDF verion
contains hyperlinked section references which should help with navigation.
Corrigenda and Errata for the Third Edition
- List of Acronyms: For "Flux-Programmable Gate Array" read
"Field-Programmable Gate Array".
- Section 5.1.1: Naïve Map Making: For "fhp"
- Section 5.4.6: The Weight Spectrum: ditto.
- Section 1.3: My Thesis Work: For
"[...] and peformed general testing on the pointing system." read
"[...] and performed general testing on the pointing system."
- Section 2.2.3: The Sun Shields: For
"[...] from striking the telescope upon ‘chute shock [...]" read
"[...] from striking the telescope upon ’chute shock [...]".
- Section 184.108.40.206: Frame Control: For
"These date are written to the BLASTbus [...]" read
"These data are written to the BLASTbus [...]".
- Figure caption 2.5: For
"[...] is clearly aparent." read
"[...] is clearly apparent."
- Section 2.4: The Flight Computers: For
"[...] and multiport a serial card." read
"[...] and a multiport serial card."
- Section 3.4.5: The Pointing System: For
"[...] at certain orientations relative the sun." read
"[...] at certain orientations relative to the sun."
- Section 4.6.2: Correlated Noise Estimation: For
"[...] an underestimation of the noise at on these scales." read
"[...] an underestimation of the noise on these scales."
- Section 4.9: Pointing Offsets: For
"[...] the orientation ISC is used as the reference." read
"[...] the orientation of the ISC is used as the reference."
- Section 5.3: The BLAST Map Makers: For
"[...] along with the Optibin and SANEPIC." read
"[...] along with Optibin and SANEPIC."
- Section 5.4.6: The Weight Spectrum: For
"[...] these modes are cannot be recovered [...]" read
"[...] these modes cannot be recovered [...]".
- Appendix C: For
"The true philosphers, Syrus, were, [...]" read
"The true philosophers, Syrus, were, [...]".