About Me

I am currently a second year graduate student at the University of Toronto. My research is on balloon-borne instrumentation for measuring the cosmic microwave background (CMB), and I'm working on getting the Spider experiment ready for a second flight. When I'm not studying or doing research, I can often be found doing amateur photography or playing roller derby.

Contact Details

Email: domagalski@astro.utoronto.ca

Research

Balloon Astrophysics Group @ U of T

Junior Specialist June 2017 - Present

I am currently working on the rebuild of the Spider experiment under the supervision of Barth Netterfield. Spider is a balloon-borne microwave telescope designed to measure polarization in the CMB and possibly gravitational B-modes.

Long Wavelength Lab @ U of T

Junior Specialist September 2016 - May 2017

I worked under the supervision of Keith Vanderlinde. My main project was to search for 21cm absorbers near redshift 1.3 using the beamformer on the CHIME Pathfinder telescope.

Radio Astronomy Lab @ UC Berkeley

Junior Specialist June 2014 - July 2016

I worked under the supervision of Aaron Parsons. My projects that I am worked on included pocket correlator for CAPSER boards and an upgrade of some calibration software. I helped out with the construction of a small interferometer to try to measure the global reionization signal by implementing the digital signal processing system on a SNAP board.

Nearby Supernova Factory @ LBNL

Undergraduate Researcher December 2012 - May 2014

I helped assist in porting the software pipeline for the SNIFS instrument from 32-bit to 64-bit by debugging the software and attempting to locate memory errors. I also wrote code to analyze imperfections in the CCDs on the SNIFS instrument.

UC Davis Nuclear Physics Group

Undergraduate Researcher Summer 2012

I was in the UCD NPG as part of the UC Davis REU Physics program. During my summer at UCD, I wrote code using ROOT to determine different centrality classes for Au+Al collisions in the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) by relating Monto Carlo simulations to measured data. I also was able to make some basic directed flow measurements from the collisions.

Education

University of Toronto

PhD student in Astronomy September 2016 - Present

University of California, Berkeley

B.A. in Astronomy and Physics August 2012 - December 2014

American River College

Transferred to UC Berkeley August 2009 - May 2012

Skills

These are the various computing tools that I typically use. I have no idea what these gray bars are supposed to signify, but I guess they look kind of cool.

  • Python
  • C/C++
  • Simulink
  • Unix
  • LaTeX