KICP Workshops, 2017
Towards a kg-size dark matter detector with CCDs
January 25 - 27, 2017 | Chicago, IL
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Organizers: Alvaro Chavarria, Paolo Privitera

On January 25-27, the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) will be holding a workshop on "Towards a kg-size dark matter detector with CCDs." The workshop will gather a group of scientists interested in developing a kg-size detector based on the Charged-Coupled Devices technology.

The first day of the Workshop will be dedicated to review the current status and lessons learned with DAMIC100, a 100 g CCD detector installed at SNOLAB. The following days working groups will focus on specific topics (e.g. CCD development, Electronics, DAQ, Simulation and Data Analysis, etc.).

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KICP Members: Alvaro Chavarria; Paolo Privitera
Scientific projects: Dark Matter in CCDs (DAMIC)
Open House: Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
March 3, 2017 | 9:00 AM | ERC 5th floor
9:00 - 10:30 am
Welcome and Presentation
Speakers Profs. Fausto Cattaneo and Scott Dodelson
ERC 545
10:30 - 11:00 am
11:00 - 11:30 am
11:30 - 12:00 pm
12:00 - 1:15 pm
Student Panel Discussion w/lunch
ERC 576
1:30 - 2:15 pm
2:15 - 3:00 pm
3:00 - 3:30 pm
Outreach Presentation: Randy Landsberg
ERC 545
3:30 - 4:00 pm
Graduate Program Talk: Julia Brazas and Rich Kron
ERC 545
4:00 - 4:30
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Wine and Cheese Reception
ERC 5th Floor Lounge
6:30 pm

April 5, 2017 | KICP
Organizers: Scott Dodelson, Alex Drlica-Wagner

The LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration will be having its second "Hack Week" from April 3-7 at Fermilab, with April 5, Wednesday, spent at KICP. This is an excellent opportunity for those of you who have been waiting to get involved with LSST to begin!

The LSST DESC Hack Week is a working meeting aimed at gathering DESC members to perform focused work on specific projects. The meeting is scheduled for a full work-week, but we expect hacks and sprints of various duration will take place. We encourage participants to attend for all or part of the week.

Supported by the LSSTC and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics.

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KICP Members: Scott Dodelson; Alex Drlica-Wagner
DES Collaboration Meeting
June 12 - 16, 2017 | Chicago, IL

Organizers: Joshua A. Frieman, Lindsey Bleem, Chihway Chang, Scott Dodelson, Alex Drlica-Wagner, Richard Kessler, Richard G. Kron, Daniel Scolnic

The Dark Energy Survey is a collaboration of 400 scientists from 25 institutions in 7 countries using the Dark Energy Camera on the Blanco 4-meter telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory to carry out a 5-year multi-band imaging survey to probe the nature of dark energy and the physics of cosmic acceleration. Our Spring 2017 collaboration meeting will take place at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP), in the Eckhart Research Center at the University of Chicago.

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KICP Members: Lindsey Bleem; Chihway Chang; Scott Dodelson; Alex Drlica-Wagner; Joshua A. Frieman; Richard Kessler; Richard G. Kron; Daniel Scolnic
Scientific projects: Dark Energy Survey (DES)
JEM-EUSO Collaboration Meeting
June 19 - 23, 2017 | Chicago, IL

Organizer: Angela V. Olinto

On June 19-23, the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago will be hosting a JEM-EUSO Collaboration Meeting.

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KICP Members: Angela V. Olinto
Summer School: CMB Detectors and Instrumentation
August 7 - 11, 2017 | Chicago, IL

This 1-week "hands-on" summer school is designed to provide the participants with working knowledge of the detectors and instrumentation used to detect the tiny temperature and polarization anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). Early graduate students interested in pursuing a PhD in experimental CMB research methods are particularly encouraged to apply. A feature of the school is hands-on activities to teach students the basics of CMB instrumentation. We expect to have room for approximately 15 students.

Topics will include: superconducting detectors, e.g., transition-edge-sensor (TES) bolometers, kinetic-inductance-detectors (KIDs); detector characterization (responsivity, beams, bands, time constants, polarization calibration); coherent techniques for characterizing mm-wave components; SQUIDs and detector readout; antenna design; and Fourier transform spectroscopy.

The School will be held at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago in the William Eckhardt Research Center (ERC).

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KICP Members: Amy Bender; Bradford A. Benson; John E. Carlstrom; Clarence L. Chang; Thomas M. Crawford; Jason Henning; Stephen Padin; Erik Shirokoff; Abigail G. Vieregg
Scientific projects: South Pole Telescope (SPT)