PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2011
Shirokoff Research Group (Leader)
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
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.