Ultra Cold Detectors to Study the Hottest Parts of the Universe

Roger O'Brient (NASA JPL)

Mar 26, 2024 3:30 PM
TSI Seminar

Title: Ultra Cold Detectors to Study the Hottest Parts of the Universe


Superconducting electronics has gotten a lot of hype lately over promises of quantum computing and cryptography. However, an equally compelling but less discussed use of superconducting electronics is for the study of particle physics and cosmology. I will provide an overview of superconducting detectors and describe a number of important technologies under development at JPL and other institutions, including transition edge sensor bolometers, kinetic inductance detectors, quantum capacitance detectors, superconducting nanowires, and parametric amplifiers. I’ll illustrate how these technologies are moving the field forward in key ways by highlighting their use for Cosmic Microwave Background measurements, intensity mapping, VLBI, and deep space optical communications.

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TSI Seminars take place weekly during the Fall and Winter terms. TSI seminars are intended to be accessible to scientists from the entire breadth of backgrounds at TSI, including, Physics, Planetary Science, Geology, Atmospheric Science, and Astrobiology. Our seminar series is partially funded by the Centre de recherche en astrophysique du Québec (CRAQ).

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