Erik Shirokoff

Assistant Professor
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the College

Erik Shirokoff is an astronomer who builds novel superconducting detectors and uses them to study the cosmic microwave background, high-redshift galaxies, and epoch of reionization. As a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, he worked on the South Pole Telescope, building bolometers, analyzing data on secondary cosmic microwave background anisotropies, and spending a winter at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. He is currently working on kinetic inductance detectors and mm-wavelength superconducting circuitry that will enable the use of large multi-band cameras and integral-field spectrometers.

Shirokoff is the first-listed author of “Improved Constraints on Cosmic Microwave Background Secondary Anisotropies from the Complete 2008 South Pole Telescope Data,” published in the Astrophysical Journal. While he was a doctoral candidate at Berkeley, he received the Lars Commins Memorial Award in experimental physics.

In addition to his PhD in physics, Shirokoff received a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, with a double major in physics and astrophysics, with high honors in astrophysics and distinction in general scholarship. He was a recipient of a W.M. Keck Institute for Space Studies postdoctoral fellowship from the California Institute of Technology.

Shirokoff joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2014.

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