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.