Stephan S. Meyer
Professor, Departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics; Enrico Fermi Institute; and the College

Education: Ph.D., Princeton University, 1979

Phone: (773) 702-0097
Location: ERC 339

Affiliations: Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics

Experimental astrophysics, infrared astrophysics, observational cosmology
Publications: ADS | arXiv

Research Fields:
The research in Meyers group centers on the investigation of the observables left by the early Universe. Principle among these is the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation (CMBR) anisotropy and polarization. Meyer is a member of with the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) satellite team. The group is developing new detector technology for future cosmological experiments. The detectors, Frequency Selective Bolometers (FSB) are designed to provide optimal use of telescope focal planes with a multi-spectral filled focal pane array. Future projects using this technology are the SPEED camera to be used on the Heinrich Hertz Telescope (HHT), a balloon-borne instrument to measure fluctuations in the Cosmic Infrared Background (EDGE), and a balloon-borne polarization sensitive instrument to study the sub-mm polarized emission from high-galactic latitude dust (TPX). EDGE is designed to measure the galaxy density fluctuations on scales above 50 Mpc using large-scale fluctuations in the Cosmic Infrared Background (CIB). Using the sub-mm color of the CIB fluctuations a low-resolution 3-D map of the large-scale structure of galaxies can be made. TPX is designed to provide a large scale survey of high-galactic latitude polarized dust emission to learn about the properties and environment of the galactic dust and also to understand the polarized dust foreground contamination for CMBR experiements. A second future project is the development of the South Pole Telescope and a large-format bolometer array instrument designed to map polarization of significant sections of the southern sky at mm and sub-mm wavelengths on angular scales from several arcminutes to 1/2 degree.

Scientific Projects

Past scientific projects: Microwave Anisotropy Probe (MAP); MSAM-TopHAT; Planck

Graduate Students
  • Andrea Bryant (Physics)

Past Graduate Students: Jonathan Richardson (2016, Astronomy and Astrophysics); Sarah M. Hansen (2008, Astronomy and Astrophysics); Alexey B. Goldin (1999, Astronomy and Astrophysics)

Teaching Courses
  • [PHSC 12600] Matter, Energy, Space, and Time: 2017 - 2018 (Autumn)

Past courses:
  • [PHSC 11900] Stellar Astronomy and Astrophysics: 2011 - 2012 (Winter)
  • [PHSC 12000] Origin of the Universe and How We Know: 2014 - 2015 (Winter); 2013 - 2014 (Winter, Spring); 2009 - 2010 (Winter); 2007 - 2008 (Spring)
  • [PHSC 12600] Matter, Energy, Space, and Time: 2016 - 2017 (Autumn)

Department Committees

Past Department Committees:
  • Website: 2016 - 2017 (Chair)
  • Admissions: 2015 - 2016
  • Diversity: 2016 - 2017 | 2015 - 2016
  • Space and Building: 2016 - 2017 | 2015 - 2016
  • Search Committee: 2015 - 2016 | 2014 - 2015
  • Budget and Policy: 2014 - 2015 | 2013 - 2014
  • Appointments: 2014 - 2015 | 2013 - 2014 (Chair) | 2012 - 2013 (Chair)
  • Brinson Lectureship: 2011 - 2012 (Chair)

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