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The Future of Astronomy is Super(conducting): Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors for UVOIR Astronomy

In the last five years we have made remarkable progress in turning superconducting lumped element microwave resonators into the most powerful UV, optical, and near-IR detectors in the world.  In this talk I will describe in detail the operating principles of these detectors, called Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors, and describe some of the exciting astronomy that we have done with them.  I will finish by discussing future possibilities of the technology, including the real possibility that these detectors will be the first ones to detect life on nearby planets.

Cody Hall

Ben Mazin (UC Santa Barbara)

April 10, 2015
14:00 - 15:00