Erik Shirokoff
Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Education: Ph.D., U. C. Berkeley, 2011

Phone: (773) 834-5399
Location: ERC 433

Affiliations: Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics

A prototype SuperSpec device. This on-chip KID spectrometer features 80 channels operating in the mm-wavelength atmospheric band and read-out with a single multiplexed line. The wide-band microwave probe couples to a metal feed horn.

Image by H. G. Leduc, JPL MDL.
Publications: ADS | arXiv | inSPIRE
Erik develops novel cryogenic detectors operating at millimeter and submm-wavelengths for the study of high-redshift galaxies, the epoch of reionization, and the Cosmic Microwave Background. He's currently involved in three projects: SuperSpec is an on-chip filter-bank spectrometer technology. Its small size, wide spectral bandwidth, and highly multiplexed Kinetic Inductance Detector readout will enable construction of powerful multi-object and integral-field spectrometers such as X-Spec, a proposed instrument for the CCAT telescope. The Tomographic Ionized-Carbon Mapping Experiment is an imaging spectrometer that will use 158 micron [CII] emission to probe reionization and large scale structure at redshifts 5-9. SPT-3G, the third generation camera for the South Pole Telescope, will observe the CMB with tens of thousands of polarization-sensitive, multi-chroic, lens-coupled TES sensors.

Scientific Projects

Teaching Courses
  • [PHSC 12610] Black Holes: 2016 - 2017 (Winter)

Past courses:
  • [PHSC 12620] The Big Bang: 2015 - 2016 (Spring)

Department Committees

Past Department Committees:
  • Graduate Committee: 2015 - 2016
  • Admissions: 2015 - 2016 | 2014 - 2015
  • Undergraduate Committee: 2014 - 2015

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