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The Subaru Seminar is usually held in Room 104 of the Hilo Base Facility, adjacent to the main lobby. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you are interested in giving a seminar, please contact Subaru seminar organizers (Tae-Soo Pyo, Sherry Yeh, Nagayoshi Ohashi) by email : (please change"_at" to @).

October 12, Monday, 11:00 am in 104

" The Future of Astronomy is Super(conducting): Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors for UVOIR Astronomy "

Ben Mazin


In the last five years we have made remarkable progress in turning superconducting lumped element microwave resonators into the most powerful UV, optical, and near-IR detectors in the world. In this talk I will describe in detail the operating principles of these detectors, called Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors, and describe some of the exciting astronomy that we have done with them. I will finish by discussing future possibilities of the technology, including the real possibility that these detectors will be the first ones to detect life on nearby planets.

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