We work on novel instruments designs that support experiments probing the early universe, the nature of dark matter, and the birth of the first stars. From here you can take a quick tour of our efforts, read about our projects, or get in touch. We are recruiting, so please get in touch if you are looking for jobs in experimental astrophysics!
A key aspect of our research at the University of Iceland and Stockholm University focuses on optics design, characterization, and technology development for telescopes operating at millimetre wavelengths and the development of novel metamaterial resonators.
Our efforts are supported by the Science Institute at the University of Iceland, The Stockholm University Physics Department and the Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics. Our group efforts are funded by the European Research Council, the Swedish National Space Agency, the Swedish Research Council, the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education, the European Space Agency, and the Knut and Allice Wallenberg Foundation. We are truly thankful to these funding agencies!
We are looking for new people to join our lab at the University of Iceland. We have 1 postdoc and 1 PhD student positions open. Both are 3-year positions funded by a Starting Grant from the European Research Council to work on the CMBeam project.
For information about the posistions, including info on how to apply, please go to: https://english.hi.is/vacancies
The primary aim of CMBeam is to develop advanced algorithms, measurement systems, and methodologies that are critical to the design and calibration of next-generation telescopes used to study the cosmic microwave background (CMB). Our efforts include the construction a state-of-the-art cryogenic holography facility for the purposes of testing optical systems of current and future experiments.
These efforts can be developed in the context of existing CMB experiments that group members are participating in, including but not limited to the Simons Observatory, the Taurus balloon-borne experiment, and LiteBIRD.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
The featured image was generated with the DALL·E engine using the prompt: A charcoal drawing of a radio telescope with Icelandic mountains in the background.
We welcome the newest member of the lab, a 6-axis Kuka KR 6 R900 sixx robotic arm. This instrument will be used to facilitate various optical characterization efforts in the coming months and years.
We had a mini-workshop in Munich on spherical harmonic convolution codes such as beamconv and totalconvolver. The main goal of the meeting was to understand key differences between existing codes and to coordinate future merging of existing convolution libraries.
Participants: Alexandre Adler, Adriaan Duivenvoorden, Jon Gudmundsson, Marta Monelli and Martin Reineck.
We built an anechoic chamber in collaboration with Emerson and Cuming Anechoic Chambers. The chamber measures roughly 2.5 x 2.5 x 7 m and uses Wavesorb VHP-4 absorber tiles. The build process took about a week and was lead by ECAnechoic’s engineer, Kris Ceustermans. Kris has been working on installing anechoic chambers around the world for 38 years in 28 countries. This was has last job before retiring! We are very thankful to Kris and ECAnechoic for the nice collaboration.
We received keys to our lab at the University of Iceland on this day! The above picture shows a photo taken on 19 Jan 2023 (above) and on take today. Next step: fill space with equipment.