Group dinner in early 2017

  Michael Niemack - C.V.
   niemack 'at' - (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' - website

  Patricio Gallardo - pag227 'at'

  Jason Stevens - jrs584 'at'

  Eve Vavagiakis - ev66 'at' - website

  Nicholas Cothard - nc467 'at'

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