It's in the nature of the CDL at UMass to change identities from time to time, and as of late summer in 2021 we're doing exactly that. We've just finished being the lead institution in building and testing the TolTEC camera and now we're transitioning into a more science-oriented group as we prepare to install it at the LMT, commission it, and then use it to explore the Universe. As a group, we are driven by the scientific studies that our instruments undertake. Our group members span a wide variety of astrophysics specialities; from comets to nearby galaxies to monster galaxies in the early universe to clusters of galaxies. What unites all of these studies is our new and unique ability to image samples of these objects (and their environments!) at millimeter wavelengths.
Steve is the Project Manager for the TolTEC project. He has worked in industry for most of his career but through an amazing stroke of lucky timing he came to work with us on TolTEC just as he was retiring.
Kamal is an amazing engineer and software writer who works for the LMT group here at UMass. He also works very closely with our group to both help with instrument development and to integrate everything into the LMT Monitor and Control System (which he wrote along with Gary Wallace and Daniela Malin). I've been working with Kamal now for over 20 years and he's worth his weight in gold to all of our efforts. He's also "very good at computers."
Nat is a graduate student working on the TolTEC instrument. They played an important role in the cryogenics design and deployment, electronics testing, detector testing, and all around instrument integration. Nat plans to work on the challenging goal of measuring the pressure profiles of clusters via the Sunyaev Zel'dovich effect.
Zhiyuan is a postdoc working on novel approaches to our data analysis pipeline. Most notably, he is the author of the TolTEC data analysis framework called Tolteca. Beyond this, he has brought his massive skills in software architecture and design to us through our Instrument Dash Pages, our group's membership in the Unity Cluster, and in many other areas.
Michael is a graduate student who studies the dust properties of nearby dwarf galaxies. In addition, he is the primary author of TolTEC's baseline data analysis engine citlali.
Emily is an undergraduate student working on detecting the Sunyaev Zel'dovich effect in clusters with TolTEC.
Caleigh Ryan is an undergraduate student working on measuring the dust properties of nearby galaxies with TolTEC.
Scott is a new technician working with us since the summer of 2021.