Cosmology with Nanotechnology

An astronomical observation is performed by observing how distant celestial objects influence terrestrial matter. Among the materials available on Earth, superconductors have a number of unique properties that can be used for sensing light in different ways. At our lab, we take advantage of cutting edge superconducting nanoelectronics to develop instruments that enable us to study the Universe, through observations that are currently impossible.

(Left) Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKIDs) for wide-field imaging at 850 μm.
(Center) Superconducting on-chip filterbank spectrometer for mapping the early Universe in 3D.
(Right) Akira at the APEX telescope (Atacama desert in Chile, 5104 m altitude).

TNW and EWI students are very welcome to contact us for doing a Bachelor/Master End Project. The Lab PI Akira Endo is an assistant professor at the faculty of EWI, and he also has a part-time affiliation at the faculty of TNW. This enables us to supervise students from both faculties in a natural way.