The Detector Virtual Workshop

List of Talks
Sep 2876-12751pm-2pm EDT (UTC-4)Robert HadfieldHeriot-WattInfrared Superconducting Single-Photon Detectors AnnouncementPPTAdobe Connect
Oct 24CIMS 224011am-12pm EDT (UTC-4)Andy ShearerNat'l U. of IrelandHigh Time Resolution Astrophysics AnnouncementPDFAdobe Connect
Nov 14CSI-160012:30-1:30pm EST (UTC-5)Karl BerggrenMITSuperconducting Single Photon Detectors AnnoucementPDFAdobe Connect
Nov 28CSI-160011am-12pm EST (UTC-5)Alan MigdallNISTMetrology of and Metrology using Single Photon Detectors AnnouncementPPT
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Dec 5CSI-160011am-12pm EST (UTC-5)Craig MackayCambridgeEMCCDs AnnouncementPDFAdobe Connect
Feb 6CSI-160011am-12pm EST (UTC-5)Bernard RauscherNASAReducing Read Noise of JWST Detectors AnnouncementPPTAdobe Connect
Feb 27CSI-160011am-12pm EST (UTC-5)Kieran O'BrienUniversity of California Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors for optical and near-IR astronomy AnnouncementPPT
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Mar 12CSI-160011am-12pm EDT (UTC-4)Mark ItzlerPrinceton LightwavePhoton Counting with InGaAsP Single Photon Avalanche Diodes AnnouncementPDFAdobe Connect
Mar 26CSI-160011am-12pm EDT (UTC-4)Jim BeleticTeledyneThe Fantastical Discoveries of Astronomy made possible by the Wonderful Properties of II-VI Materials AnnouncementPDF
AO Animation
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Apr 23CSI-160011am-12pm EDT (UTC-4)Michael KrainakNASACandidate detectors for space-qualified time-resolved photon counting AnnouncementPDFAdobe Connect
May 14CSI-160011am-12pm EDT (UTC-4)Sanjay KrishnaU. New MexicoThe Infrared Retina: Ushering in the Fourth Generation of Infrared Detectors AnnouncementPDFAdobe Connect
June 4CSI-160011am-12pm EDT (UTC-4)James BangsRaytheonSingle and Dual Band HgCdTe Detectors AnnouncementPPTAdobe Connect
Jul 13CSI-16004pm-5pm EDT (UTC-4)Hooman MohseniNorthwestern UniversityNew generation of isolated nano-injection detectors and imagersAdobe Connect

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The Center for Detectors at the Rochester Institute of Technology presents the “Detector Virtual Workshop,” a year-long program dedicated to the advancement of UV/O/IR detectors. The objective of the workshop is to enable future detector capabilities by disseminating knowledge, increasing interdisciplinary opportunities, enhancing interactions between academia, industry, and government, and providing student and professional training opportunities. There will be a particular emphasis on informing the scientific community of potential detector developments in the next ten years for next-generation observing platforms. The workshop will include avenues for brainstorming by all participants, and it will culminate in a report that summarizes promising detector developments. The workshop will start in September, 2011.

An organizing committee will select speakers who can deliver material to support the objective of the workshop, especially those with the ability to present the most promising detector technology developments. A subset of invitations will be reserved specifically for talks that primarily present grand challenges and breakthroughs. The talks will be given twice per month, one at RIT and the other at the speaker’s home institution. The talks will be delivered to audiences around the world through RIT’s Adobe Connect streaming audio/video facility, and they will be recorded and archived for later public use. Talks will be advertised through community newsletters and email exploders.

The objectives of the Detector Virtual Workshop are to:
a) produce a summary report that describes the grand challenges, potential breakthroughs, and the most promising detector technologies for astronomy over the next ten years
b) enable future scientific breakthroughs through better understanding of detectors
c) disseminate knowledge of new detector concepts, existing detector performance, and detector applications
d) increase interdisciplinary opportunities
e) train undergraduate and graduate students
f) connect students with potential future employers
g) increase interactions between academia, industry, and government

To be put on the distribution list for talk announcements or to propose a talk, contact Don Figer ( This workshop is funded by a grant from NSF.

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