Group dinner in early 2017





Professor
  Michael Niemack - C.V.
   niemack 'at' cornell.edu - (607) 255-0391


I received my Ph.D. from Princeton University for research on the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT, photo above), which included designing the ACT optics (Fowler, Niemack, Dicker et al. 2007), building the largest (at the time) superconducting Transition-Edge Sensor (TES) detector arrays in the world (Niemack et al. 2008), and doing early "follow-up" work for ACT observations (Niemack et al. 2009).  ACT measurements have led to a variety of results (see publications), including the discovery of new galaxy clusters (e.g. Menanteau et al. 2012) and the first detection of the spectrum of gravitational lensing of the CMB (Das et al. 2011), which allowed us to break a degeneracy in the primordial CMB and show for the first time that the universe is dominated by dark energy using the CMB alone (Sherwin et al. 2011).  We also made the first detection of the kinematic Sunyaev Zel'dovich effect (Hand et al. 2012) by combining ACT measurements with data from the SDSS-III Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey.

After Princeton I joined the Quantum Sensors Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where I became involved in a range of research projects, including: designing ACTPol (Niemack et al. 2010), developing new Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) multiplexing techniques (Niemack et al. 2010b), and working on optics and detector systems for current and next generation microwave observatories (e.g. Niemack et al. 2012, Niemack 2016,). I am now an Assistant Professor in the Cornell Physics Department and the Laboratory of Elementary Particle Physics.



Graduate Student Researchers


  Brian Koopman - bjk98 'at' cornell.edu - website


  Patricio Gallardo - pag227 'at' cornell.edu



  Jason Stevens - jrs584 'at' cornell.edu


  Eve Vavagiakis - ev66 'at' cornell.edu - website



  Nicholas Cothard - nc467 'at' cornell.edu



Cornell Undergraduate Student Researchers 


  Kenny Vetter (2018)



  Kaiwen Zheng (2018)



  Philip Jacobson (2019)



  Noah Sailer (2019)



  Zeqi Gu (2020)



  Justin Williams (2020)




NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Researchers  


  Almir Tricic (Summer of 2017)
    SRCCS Program
    Mohawk Valley Community College




Past Postdoctoral Researchers 


  Shawn Henderson
    Scientist at SLAC National Accelerator Lab



  Francesco De Bernardis
    Data Analyst at International Firefighters Union




Cornell Undergraduate Alumni and Past Researchers 


  Avirukt Mittal (2017)
    Physics student at Perimeter Scholars International



  Sarah Marie Bruno (2016)
    Physics graduate student at Princeton



  Prabudhya Bhattacharyya (2016)
    Physics graduate student at UC Berkeley



  M. Sheroze Sheriffdeen (2016)
    Computer Science grad student at UT Austin



  Brenna Mockler (2016)
    Astronomy graduate student at UC Santa Cruz



  Humna Awan (2015)
    Physics graduate student at Rutgers



  Galen Marchetti (2015)
    Working for Palantir Technologies



  Liele Getachew (2017)
    




Past NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Researchers  


  Tracy Paltoo (Summer of 2016)
    LSAMP Program
    Adelphi University



  Dennis Dempsey (Summer of 2016)
    SRCCS Program
    SUNY Adirondack



  Tafari James (Summer of 2015)
    LSAMP Program
    Haverford College



  Spenser Mann (Summer of 2015)
    SRCCS Program
    Adirondack Community College



  Lenoi Carter (Summer of 2014)
    LSAMP Program
    Onondaga Community College



  Licelotte Fernandez (Summer of 2014)
    LSAMP Program
    SUNY New Paltz