Optical and near-IR Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors, or MKIDs, are superconducting detectors that can tell you the energy and arrival time of each individual photon without false counts. In this talk I will discuss the recent progress my group has made improving MKID and fielding them at some of the largest telescopes in the world. I will also discuss our efforts to broaden the scientific relevance of these detectors to other fields, including biological microscopy and dark matter detection.
Martin White (UC, Berkley) "Modeling large-scale structure for the golden era of cosmological surveys"
Abstract: The Universe we observe exhibits order on a wide range of scales, and the study of this large-scale structure provides one of our premier laboratories for fundamental physics, cosmology and astrophysics. I will present recent advances in analytic models of this large scale structure applicable to the numerous observational programs getting underway or under construction in this golden era of cosmological surveys.