Abigail G. Vieregg

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., UCLA, 2010
 
Contact Information
Phone: (773) 834-2988
Location: ERC 429
Email: aviereggkicp.uchicago.edu
WWW: Web Site
 
Research
Top: The ANITA-II payload, ready for launch.
Bottom: The five-receiver Keck Array polarimeter at the South Pole, with winter over Robert Schwarz.
Abby's research is focused on experimentally investigating some of the most fundamental questions about the nature of our Universe. Her research ranges from the study of the extremely early universe to probing our understanding of particle physics and astrophysics at extremely high energies.

Abby works on a series of polarimeters at the South Pole (BICEP2, The Keck Array, and BICEP3) that aim to directly probe the epoch of Inflation in the very early universe by measuring the unique polarization signature which would have been imprinted on the Cosmic Microwave Background by the Inflationary Cosmic Gravitational-Wave Background.

Abby also works on experiments that search for ultra-high energy neutrinos (E~1018 eV) using radio detection techniques. She works on ANITA, a balloon-borne telescope that was designed to search for coherent radio emission produced by the interaction of UHE neutrinos with Antarctic ice and by UHE cosmic rays that induce showers in the atmosphere. She is also working on a new detector, the Greenland Neutrino Observatory (GNO) that will look for ultra-high energy neutrinos from a ground-based array at Summit Station in Greenland.

For more about her research, see her web page.

Ongoing Scientific Projects:
 
Students
GRADUATE STUDENTS
Past Students

GRADUATE: Rhys Povey (2015)

UNDERGRADUATE: Jonathan Kyl (2016), Jessica Avva (2015)
 
Currently in Committees
  • Wednesday Colloquium committee
  • Early Career Mentoring committee

 
KICP Publications
2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014


Latest Journal Publications
  1. "BICEP2 / Keck Array IX: New Bounds on Anisotropies of CMB Polarization Rotation and Implications for Axion-Like Particles and Primordial Magnetic Fields", arXiv:1705.02523 (May 2017)
  2. "Antarctic Surface Reflectivity Measurements from the ANITA-3 and HiCal-1 Experiments", arXiv:1703.00415 (Mar 2017)
  3. "BICEP2/Keck Array VIII: Measurement of Gravitational Lensing from Large-scale B-mode Polarization", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 833, Issue 2, article id. 228, 12 pp. (2016) (Dec 2016)
  4. "BICEP2/Keck Array VIII: Measurement of Gravitational Lensing from Large-scale B-mode Polarization", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 833, Issue 2, article id. 228, 12 pp. (2016) (Dec 2016)
  5. "Initial Performance of Bicep3: A Degree Angular Scale 95 GHz Band Polarimeter", Journal of Low Temperature Physics, Volume 184, Issue 3-4, pp. 765-771 (Aug 2016)
  6. "BICEP2/Keck Array. VII. Matrix Based E/B Separation Applied to Bicep2 and the Keck Array", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 825, Issue 1, article id. 66, pp. (2016) (Jul 2016)
  7. "Radio Detection of High Energy Neutrinos", arXiv:1607.08232 (Jul 2016)
  8. "Development Toward a Ground-Based Interferometric Phased Array for Radio Detection of High Energy Neutrinos", arXiv:1605.03525 (May 2016)
  9. "Accelerator Measurements of Magnetically Induced Radio Emission from Particle Cascades with Applications to Cosmic-Ray Air Showers", Physical Review Letters, Volume 116, Issue 14, id.141103 (Apr 2016)
  10. "A technique for detection of PeV neutrinos using a phased radio array", Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, Issue 02, article id. 005 (2016) (Feb 2016)
  11. "Improved Constraints on Cosmology and Foregrounds from BICEP2 and Keck Array Cosmic Microwave Background Data with Inclusion of 95 GHz Band", Physical Review Letters, Volume 116, Issue 3, id.031302 (Jan 2016)
  12. "Bicep2 III: Instrumental Systematics", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 814, Issue 2, article id. 110, 28 pp. (2015) (Dec 2015)
  13. "An in situ measurement of the radio-frequency attenuation in ice at Summit Station, Greenland", Journal of Glaciology, vol. 61, issue 229, pp. 1005-1011 (Nov 2015)
  14. "BICEP2/Keck Array V: Measurements of B-mode Polarization at Degree Angular Scales and 150 GHz by the Keck Array", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 811, Issue 2, article id. 126, 13 pp. (2015) (Oct 2015)
  15. "Antenna-coupled TES Bolometers Used in BICEP2, Keck Array, and Spider", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 812, Issue 2, article id. 176, 17 pp. (2015) (Oct 2015)
  16. "BICEP2/Keck Array. IV. Optical Characterization and Performance of the BICEP2 and Keck Array Experiments", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 806, Issue 2, article id. 206, 23 pp. (2015) (Jun 2015)
  17. "BICEP2/Keck Array. IV. Optical Characterization and Performance of the BICEP2 and Keck Array Experiments", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 806, Issue 2, article id. 206, 23 pp. (2015) (Jun 2015)
  18. "Neutrino physics from the cosmic microwave background and large scale structure", Astroparticle Physics, Volume 63, p. 66-80 (Mar 2015)
  19. "Inflation physics from the cosmic microwave background and large scale structure", Astroparticle Physics, Volume 63, p. 55-65 (Mar 2015)
  20. "Joint Analysis of BICEP2/Keck Array and Planck Data", Physical Review Letters, Volume 114, Issue 10, id.101301 (Mar 2015)

Latest Conference Proceedings
  1. "Optical characterization of the BICEP3 CMB polarimeter at the South Pole", Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 9914, id. 991430 17 pp. (2016) (Jul 2016)
  2. "BICEP3 performance overview and planned Keck Array upgrade", Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 9914, id. 99140S 17 pp. (2016) (Jul 2016)
  3. "BICEP3 focal plane design and detector performance", Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 9914, id. 99140T 11 pp. (2016) (Jul 2016)
  4. "Future prospects for high-energy neutrino observations", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #227, id.123.03 (Jan 2016)
  5. "Phased Radio Arrays for Ultra-high Energy Neutrino Detectors", Proceedings of the 34th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2015). 30 July - 6 August, 2015. The Hague, The Netherlands. Online at http://pos.sissa.it/cgi-bin/reader/conf.cgi?confid=236, id.1171 (Jul 2015)
  6. "Site Characterization and Detector Development for the Greenland Neutrino Observatory", Proceedings of the 34th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2015). 30 July - 6 August, 2015. The Hague, The Netherlands. Online at http://pos.sissa.it/cgi-bin/reader/conf.cgi?confid=236, id.1150 (Jul 2015)
  7. "SLAC T-510: A beam-line experiment for radio emission from particle cascades in the presence of a magnetic field", Proceedings of the 34th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2015). 30 July - 6 August, 2015. The Hague, The Netherlands. Online at http://pos.sissa.it/cgi-bin/reader/conf.cgi?confid=236, id.346 (Jul 2015)
  8. "Measurements, system response, and calibration of the SLAC T-510 Experiment", Proceedings of the 34th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2015). 30 July - 6 August, 2015. The Hague, The Netherlands. Online at http://pos.sissa.it/cgi-bin/reader/conf.cgi?confid=236, id.342 (Jul 2015)
  9. "Modelling of radio emission in the SLAC T-510 Experiment using microscopic Geant4 simulations", Proceedings of the 34th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2015). 30 July - 6 August, 2015. The Hague, The Netherlands. Online at http://pos.sissa.it/cgi-bin/reader/conf.cgi?confid=236, id.313 (Jul 2015)
  10. "Ultra-high-energy cosmic ray flux and energy measurement with ANITA", Proceedings of the 34th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2015). 30 July - 6 August, 2015. The Hague, The Netherlands. Online at http://pos.sissa.it/cgi-bin/reader/conf.cgi?confid=236, id.272 (Jul 2015)

 
Visitors
Past Visitors:
  1. Stephanie Wissel, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (2016)
  2. John Kovac, Harvard University (2015)
  3. David Saltzberg, University of California, Los Angeles (2015)
  4. Donglian Xu, University of Alabama (2015)
  5. Colin Bischoff, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (2014)
  6. David Saltzberg, UCLA (2014)
  7. Stephanie Wissel, University of California, Los Angeles (2014)