Summer School on CMB Detectors and Instrumentation
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This 1-week "hands-on" summer school is designed to provide the participants with working knowledge of the detectors and instrumentation used to detect the tiny temperature and polarization anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). Senior undergraduates and early graduate students interested in pursuing a PhD in experimental physics or astrophysics are particularly encouraged to apply. A feature of the school is hands-on activities to teach students the basics of CMB instrumentation. We expect to have room for approximately 15-20 students.

All applicants, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law, are invited and encouraged to apply.

Topics will include: superconducting detectors, e.g., transition-edge-sensor (TES) bolometers, kinetic-inductance-detectors (KIDs); detector characterization (responsivity, beams, bands, time constants, polarization calibration); cryogenics and mm-wavelength optics; coherent and holographic techniques for characterizing optical components; and Fourier transform spectroscopy.

Housing: Housing will be provided at no charge.
Individuals residing in on campus housing during the summer are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a booster shot once they are eligible unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated (including a booster) due to an approved exemption are subject to mandatory weekly testing requirements.

Travel: Some funds will be available for travel assistance, see Application form.

To apply for the school please submit the online Application form. Application deadline: May 29, 2022.

Picture: Location
William Eckhart Research Center (ERC)
Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
William Eckhardt Research Center (ERC)
5640 S Ellis Avenue
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL, 60637

Housing will be provided at no charge. Students will stay at the Campus North Residential Commons at the University of Chicago.

Contact Us
For questions about the workshop, please contact us at 2022cmb-school@box.uchicago.edu