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Clement Pryke

Associate Professor

PAN 318 (office), 624-7578
PAN 382 (lab)
pryke @ •


McCormick Fellow University of Chicago 1996-1999, Senior Research Associate
University of Chicago 1999-2002, Assistant Professor University of Chicago
2002-2010. J. and J. Neubauer Teaching Award University of Chicago 2005. Co-PI
of QUaD and SPUD NSF awards. Organized major workshop "CMB Polarization
Experiment", Chicago July 2009.

Research Areas
Astrophysics and Cosmology--Cosmic microwave background

Current Research

Pryke is an experimental cosmologist and educator. His research currently centers on the cosmic microwave background (CMB) - the after glow from early times when the Universe was a smooth hot plasma. By studying the CMB we can learn much about the origin, contents and ultimate fate of the Universe - CMB studies are at the center of the current "golden age" of cosmology.Pryke has played a leading role in the construction and operation of a series of CMB telescopes cited at the South Pole in Antarctica, and the analysis of the data they produce.He was a key member of the DASI team which produced the first detection of the polarization of the CMB.

More recently he co-led the QUaD experiment - another ground breaking CMB polarimeter.Currently he is co-leading the Keck-Array CMB polarimeter (aka SPUD) which takes sensitivity to the next level in the quest to detect gravity waves spawned by inflation in the first instant after the big bang.Pryke is also a member of the SZA and SPT collaborations which are using the CMB as a "backlight" to study the evolution of massive clusters of galaxies and learn about the mysterious dark energy which appears to pervade empty space.

Advisees and Collaborators

Brett Buchea, Teaching Assistant
Stefan Fliescher, Research Associate
Robert Schwarz, Research Fellow
Christopher Sheehy, Research Specialist
Justin Willmert, Teaching Assistant

Selected Publications

H. C. Chiang et al, Measurement of CMB Polarization Power Spectra from Two Years of BICEP Data, Astrophysical Journal

C. Pryke et al, Second and third season QUaD CMB temperature and polarization power spectra, Astrophysical Journal

J. Kovac, E. M. Leitch, C. Pryke, J. E. Carlstrom, N. W. Halverson, W. L. Holzapfel, Detection of Polarization in the Cosmic Microwave Background using DASI, Nature

C. Pryke, N. W. Halverson, E. M. Leitch, J. Kovac, J. E. Carlstrom, W. L. Holzapfel, M. Dragovan, Cosmological Parameter Extraction from the First Season of Observations with DASI, Astrophysical Journal

J.W. Fowler, L.F. Fortson, C.C.H. Jui, D.B. Kieda, R.A. Ong, C.L. Pryke, P. Sommers, A Measurement of the Cosmic Ray Spectrum and Composition at the Knee, Astroparticle Physics


PhD, University of Leeds, 1996
BSc, University of Leeds, 1992