Tuesday, October 11: Physics Colloquium - The Future of Astronomy is Super(conducting): Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors for UVOIR Astronomy

Event Date: 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 4:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Broida 1640

Event Contact: 

  • Physics Colloquium

In the last seven years we have made remarkable progress in turning superconducting lumped element microwave resonators into the most powerful UV, optical, and near-IR detectors in the world. In this talk I will describe in detail the operating principles of these detectors, called Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors, and describe some of the exciting astronomy that we have done with them. I will finish by discussing future possibilities of the technology, including the possibility that these detectors will be the first ones to detect life on nearby planets.

Refreshments served at 3:40 p.m.