The Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) is a six-meter telescope located at an altitude of 5190 meters (17,028 ft) on Cerro Toco in the Atacama Desert in Chile. ACT was built to study the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) by taking surveys of the sky at microwave wavelengths.  Three generations of cameras have been used with ACT, … Continue reading ACT

Simons Observatory

The Simons Observatory (SO) is a newly funded facility which will be built at an elevation of 5,200 meters in the Atacama Desert in Chile. SO combines existing efforts (namely the POLARBEAR (PB) and Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) collaborations) to build a groundbreaking set of telescopes to observe the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). SO will explore the … Continue reading Simons Observatory


CCAT-prime (CCAT-p) will be a 6 meter cosmology and astrophysics telescope operating at submillimeter to millimeter wavelengths, located at an elevation of 5600 meters (18,400 ft) on Cerro Chajnantor in the Atacama Desert in Chile. CCAT-p’s optical design is optimized for a wide field of view in order to accommodate next-generation, large-format cameras, and enable large-scale galaxy … Continue reading CCAT-prime


I’ve had the opportunity to work with many excellent undergraduate students in Michael Niemack’s lab here at Cornell. Noah Sailer Noah has been learning SolidWorks and designing a cryogenic filter wheel system for use with an FTS to measure optical properties of materials and coatings in our lab. He has also been involved with running … Continue reading Mentorship