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Shaul Hanany

Professor (Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics)

PAN 316 (office), 626-8929
PAN 388 (lab), 625-1074
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Center Research Fellow, the Center for Particle Astrophysics, University of California, Berkeley; Recipient of the American Astronomical Society Chretien Grant; Results published by Hanany et al. were cited as “one of the 10 most important breakthroughs in science for the year 2000” by Science magazine (Science, 290, 2221); McKnight Land-Grant Professor 2001-2003; ‘Best Physics Professor', Institute of Technology Student Board, 2003 and 2010; American Physical Society Fellow; Associate Fellow, the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute; Editor, Journal of Cosmology and Astro-particle Physics (2000 – Present)

Summary of Interests
Observational Cosmology; Early Universe Physics [Research Web Page]

About My Work

We are building instruments with which we observe the 'cosmic microwave background radiation' (CMB). This radiation is a relic remnant from the big bang. Detailed characterization of the properties of the CMB can give tremendous amount of information about the evolution of the universe. By 'evolution of the universe' we mean: from immediately after the bang until galaxies and clusters of galaxies formed. Already our research has claimed national recognition: Science Magazine has labeled results that we published in 2000 as "one of the 10 most important breakthroughs in science for the year 2000".

The instruments we build are launched on balloon borne platforms to altitudes above 100,000 ft. They use the highest sensitivity detectors in the world, as well as many other innovations that you won't find in Home Depot, Menards or Ax-Man. The balloon flight usually lasts between a few hours to few weeks.

Some members of our group specialize in the analysis and interpretation of data and its implication for cosmology. Those members use the facilities of the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute.

Go to this web site to learn more about our research

Advisees and Collaborators

Current Group Members

Francois Aubin, Research Associate
Chaoyun Bao, Graduate Student
Garrett Bembenek, Undergraduate Student
Mason Dorseth, Undergraduate Student
Christopher Geach, Graduate Student
Irene Moskowitz, Undergraduate Student
Catherine Raach, Graduate Student
Qi Wen, Graduate Student
Lucy Young, Undergraduate Student
Karl Young, Graduate Student

Selected Publications

A Millimeter-Wave Achromatic Half Wave Plate, [download jan5_sub.pdf]


MAXIPOL: DATA ANALYSIS AND RESULTS, [download wu_etal20061112_nice.pdf]

The EBEX Experiment, [download Oxley_EBEX2004.pdf]

S. Hanany, T. Matsumura, B. Johnson, J. R. Hull, and K. B. Ma, A Cosmic Micorwave Background Radiation Polarimeter Using Superconducting Bearings, 2003, IEEE Trans. Appl. Supercond., Vol. 13, pg. 2128, astro-ph/0304312 [abstract]

M. E. Abroe, J. Borrill, S. Hanany, A. Jaffe, B. Johnson, A. T. Lee, B. Rabii, P. L. Richards, G. Smoot, R. Stompor, C. Winant, Correlations Between the WMAP and MAXIMA Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropy Maps, 2004, ApJ, Vol. 605, 607. astro-ph/0308355 [abstract]

A. Benoit et al., First Detection of Polarization of the Submillimetre Galactic Dust Emission by Archeops, 2004, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Vol. 424, 571, astro-ph/0306222 [abstract]

S. Hanany, P.A.R Ade, A. Balbi, J.J. Bock, J. Borrill, A. Boscaleri, P. de Bernardis, P.G. Ferreira, V.V. Hristov, A.H. Jaffe, A.E. Lange, A.T. Lee, P.D. Mauskopf, C.B. Netterfield, S. Oh, E. Pascale,, MAXIMA-1: A Measurement of the Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropy on Angular Scale of 10 Arcminutes to 5 Degrees, ApJ, 545L, 5, astro-ph/0005123 (2000). [abstract]


B.Sc., Tel Aviv University (Magna Cum Laude), 1987
M.Sc., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1989
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1993