Speakers, Titles, Abstracts


Astronomy’s Detectors and Physics Education

These talks were given at the APS March Meeting in Boston, MA on February 27, 2012.  They focused  on the science of detectors and suggested how to use the material in physics courses for undergraduates or graduates. 

James Beletic, Director, Astronomy and Civil Space, Teledyne Imaging Sensors.  Session chair
Title: The basic physics of astronomical detectors, our eyes on the

Vyshnavi Suntharalingam, Group Leader, Advanced Imaging Technology, Lincoln Laboratory, MIT
Title: Advanced CCD and CMOS image sensor technology at MIT Lincoln Laboratory

George R. Ricker, Senior Research Scientist, CCD Group, Kavli Institute for Astrophysics & Space Research, MIT
Title: Gamma-ray bursts, black holes, and exoplanets: How CCD detectors have revolutionized astronomy

Zoran Ninkov, Professor, Center for Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology
Title: Coupling physics to understanding the performance of detector arrays              

John M. Kovac, Assistant Professor of Astronomy and of Physics, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Title: How students observe CMB; how researchers look for dark matter