Research Projects

DES

The Dark Energy Survey (DES) is an optical-NIR imaging survey that uses a 570-Mpix camera on the 4-meter Blanco Telescope in Chile to cover 5000 deg2 of the southern sky. The primary science goal of DES is to understand the nature of dark energy through combined measurements of supernova, large-scale stucture, weak lensing, and galaxy clusters. The rich dataset from DES also enables studies of dark matter, galaxy evolution and transiant science.


LSST

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is a next-generation optical-NIR imaging survey. LSST will host a 3.2-Gpix camera and a 8.4-meter primary mirror at Cerro Pechon in Chile. LSST adopts a "wide, fast, deep" survey strategy that will cover the entire visible sky every 3 nights. Over its 10 year mission, LSST will produce a "movie" of ~18,000 deg2 of the night sky. The LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC) hosts the study of dark energy with LSST.


SPT

The South Pole Telescope (SPT) is a 10-meter mm/submm telescope operating at the geographical South Pole, designed to measure the temperature and polarization of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). The high angular resolution and low noise level of SPT allows unprecedented measurements of CMB lensing and galaxy clusters. SPT and DES observe the same area of sky, which enables joint analyses of the two data sets.


CCD Development

Silicon charged-coupled devices (CCDs) have been the primary detector for astronomical observations for the last 30 years. While CCD technology is mature, it is far from stagnant. We work at the interface of hardware and software to improve the performance of these detectors for applications in future cosmic surveys.

Deep Skies

Deep Skies brings together experts in astronomy and artificial intelligence to explore the mutual benefits of large-scale data analysis for both fields. The Deep Skies team is specifically interested in the advent of advanced algorithms for data-intensive research on astrophysics and cosmological phenomena.



Recent Publications

Most of our publications can be found on the ADS with the following query:

NASA ADS

We also write software, much of which can be found on GitHub:

https://github.com/chihway
https://github.com/kadrlica
https://github.com/bnord


Research Group

Group Meetings on Thursdays @ 4PM in ERC 445


Chihway Chang

Assistant Professor
Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
University of Chicago
Ph.D., Stanford, 2013
Website



Alex Drlica-Wagner

Wilson Fellow, Fermilab
Assistant Professor
University of Chicago
Ph.D., Stanford, 2013
Website



Brian Nord

Associate Scientist, Fermilab
Visiting Research Assistant Professor
University of Chicago
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2012
Website


Postdocs and Research Staff


João Caldeira

Research Associate, Fermilab


Javier Sanchez Lopez

Research Associate, Fermilab


Judit Prat

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Chicago


Yuanyuan Zhang

Schramm Fellow, Fermilab


Graduate Students


Jason Poh

Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Chicago


Nora Shipp

Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Chicago


Dimitrios Tanoglidis

Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Chicago


Kuang Wei

Physics, University of Chicago




Georgios Zacharegkas

Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Chicago


Zhuowen Zhang

Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Chicago


Undergraduate Students

William Cerny

University of Chicago

Sydney Jenkins

Physics & CS, University of Chicago

Sidney Mau

Physics, University of Chicago

Kiyan Tavangar

University of Chicago


Alumni

Brandon Buncher -- College of William and Mary, BA Physics 2017. Moved to UIUC as NSF Graduate Fellow in Physics.
Rebecca Chen -- University of Chicago, BA Astrophysics 2019. Moved to Duke as Ph.D. student in Physics.
Ting Li -- Fermilab Lederman Fellow 2016-2019. Moved to Carnegie Observatories as Hubble Fellow.