Tuesday, April 24th: Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors for Astronomy

Event Date: 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 4:00pm

Event Location: 

  • KITP Main Seminar Room
  • Physics Colloquium

Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors, or MKIDs, are superconducting detector arrays that can measure the energy and arrival time of individual optical through near-IR photons without read noise or dark counts.  I will discuss our recent work and results from the first two MKID Integral Field Spectrographs (IFSs) for high contrast imaging, DARKNESS/SDC at the Palomar 200" and MEC/SCExAO on Subaru. I will then look at the future of MKIDs and their potential on 30-m class telescopes like the TMT.  


Benjamin A. Mazin, UCSB