Stephan S. Meyer


Ph.D., Princeton, 1979
Contact Information
Phone: (773)702-0097
Location: ERC 339
WWW: Web Site
CMBPol Mission Concept Study: concept study for strategic space flight science missions.
The research in Meyers group centers on the investigation of the observables left by the early Universe. Principle among these is the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation (CMBR) anisotropy and polarization. Meyer is a member of with the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) satellite team. The group is developing new detector technology for future cosmological experiments. The detectors, Frequency Selective Bolometers (FSB) are designed to provide optimal use of telescope focal planes with a multi-spectral filled focal pane array. Future projects using this technology are the SPEED camera to be used on the Heinrich Hertz Telescope (HHT), a balloon-borne instrument to measure fluctuations in the Cosmic Infrared Background (EDGE), and a balloon-borne polarization sensitive instrument to study the sub-mm polarized emission from high-galactic latitude dust (TPX). EDGE is designed to measure the galaxy density fluctuations on scales above 50 Mpc using large-scale fluctuations in the Cosmic Infrared Background (CIB). Using the sub-mm color of the CIB fluctuations a low-resolution 3-D map of the large-scale structure of galaxies can be made. TPX is designed to provide a large scale survey of high-galactic latitude polarized dust emission to learn about the properties and environment of the galactic dust and also to understand the polarized dust foreground contamination for CMBR experiements. A second future project is the development of the South Pole Telescope and a large-format bolometer array instrument designed to map polarization of significant sections of the southern sky at mm and sub-mm wavelengths on angular scales from several arcminutes to 1/2 degree.

Ongoing Scientific Projects:

Past Scientific Projects: Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) | MSAM-TopHAT (TopHAT) | CMBPol Mission Concept Study (CMBPol) | Interferometric Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Effect Imaging Experiment (SZE)
KICP Highlights & News

Talks, Lectures, & Workshops

Past Students

GRADUATE: Brittany Kamai (2016), Jonathan Richardson (2016), Lee McCuller (2016), Robert Lanza (2015), Immanuel Buder (2012), Tom Downes (2009), Sarah M. Hansen (2008), Daisy Sharaf (2002)

UNDERGRADUATE: Mira Liu-Sarkar (2018), Hazal Goksu (2017), Jennifer McIntosh (2017), Leo Allen (2017), Andrea Bryant (2016), Marcin Burdzy (2016), Emily Thompson (2015), Andrew Jaffe (2014), Vikram Upadhyay (2014), Hannah Resnick (2013), Youngmie Han (2013), Alan Salkanovic (2013), Jennifer Zelenty (2013), Alexandru Hostiuc (2013), Benjamin Brubaker (2012), Alice Griffeth (2012), Evan Drew Hall (2012), Miles Loh (2011), Abraham Neben (2011), Alexander Sippel (2011), Alec Zimmer (2011), Aaron Ewall-Wice (2011), Steven LaRue (2009), Benjamin Saliwanchik (2008), Gregory Salveter-Taylor (2008), Jaclyn E. Nesbitt (2006), Rebecca Resnick (2006)
KICP Publications
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Latest Journal Publications
  1. "Cosmological lensing ratios with DES Y1, SPT, and Planck", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 487, Issue 1, p.1363-1379 (Jul 2019)
  2. "A Measurement of the Cosmic Microwave Background Lensing Potential and Power Spectrum from 500 deg$^2$ of SPTpol Temperature and Polarization Data", arXiv:1905.05777 (May 2019)
  3. "A Compact Millimeter-Wavelength Fourier-Transform Spectrometer", arXiv:1905.07399 (May 2019)
  4. "Cosmological lensing ratios with DES Y1, SPT and Planck", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Advance Access (May 2019)
  5. "Consistency of cosmic microwave background temperature measurements in three frequency bands in the 2500-square-degree SPT-SZ survey", arXiv:1904.12995 (Apr 2019)
  6. "Mass Calibration of Optically Selected DES Clusters Using a Measurement of CMB-cluster Lensing with SPTpol Data", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 872, Issue 2, article id. 170, 14 pp. (2019) (Feb 2019)
  7. "Cluster Cosmology Constraints from the 2500 deg$^2$ SPT-SZ Survey: Inclusion of Weak Gravitational Lensing Data from Magellan and the Hubble Space Telescope", arXiv:1812.01679 (Dec 2018)
  8. "Maps of the Southern Millimeter-wave Sky from Combined 2500 deg2 SPT-SZ and Planck Temperature Data", The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, Volume 239, Issue 1, article id. 10, 14 pp. (2018) (Nov 2018)
  9. "EUSO-TA - First results from a ground-based EUSO telescope", Astroparticle Physics, Volume 102, p. 98-111 (Nov 2018)
  10. "Optical Characterization of the SPT-3G Camera", Journal of Low Temperature Physics, Volume 193, Issue 3-4, pp. 305-313 (Nov 2018)
  11. "Measuring Cross-Spectra of the Cosmic Infrared Background from 95 to 1200 GHz", arXiv:1810.10643 (Oct 2018)
  12. "Dark Energy Survey Year 1 Results: tomographic cross-correlations between DES galaxies and CMB lensing from SPT+Planck", arXiv:1810.02342 (Oct 2018)
  13. "Dark Energy Survey Year 1 Results: Joint Analysis of Galaxy Clustering, Galaxy Lensing, and CMB Lensing Two-point Functions", arXiv:1810.02322 (Oct 2018)
  14. "Cosmological lensing ratios with DES Y1, SPT and Planck", arXiv:1810.02212 (Oct 2018)
  15. "Dark Energy Survey Year 1 Results: Cross-correlation between DES Y1 galaxy weak lensing and SPT+Planck CMB weak lensing", arXiv:1810.02441 (Oct 2018)
  16. "Design and characterization of the SPT-3G receiver", arXiv:1809.00032 (Aug 2018)
  17. "Constraints on Cosmological Parameters from the Angular Power Spectrum of a Combined 2500 deg2 SPT-SZ and Planck Gravitational Lensing Map", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 860, Issue 2, article id. 137, 9 pp. (2018) (Jun 2018)
  18. "A measurement of CMB cluster lensing with SPT and DES year 1 data", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 476, Issue 2, p.2674-2688 (May 2018)
  19. "First observations of speed of light tracks by a fluorescence detector looking down on the atmosphere", Journal of Instrumentation, Volume 13, Issue 05, pp. P05023 (2018) (May 2018)
  20. "A Comparison of Maps and Power Spectra Determined from South Pole Telescope and Planck Data", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 853, Issue 1, article id. 3, 14 pp. (2018) (Jan 2018)

Latest Conference Proceedings
  1. "Broadband anti-reflective coatings for cosmic microwave background experiments", Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 10708, id. 1070843 13 pp. (2018) (Jul 2018)
  2. "Characterization and performance of the second-year SPT-3G focal plane", Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 10708, id. 107081Z 13 pp. (2018) (Jul 2018)
  3. "Year two instrument status of the SPT-3G cosmic microwave background receiver", Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 10708, id. 1070803 21 pp. (2018) (Jul 2018)
  4. "Design and characterization of the SPT-3G receiver", Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 10708, id. 107081H 11 pp. (2018) (Jul 2018)
  5. "UCIRC: Infrared Cloud Monitor for EUSO-SPB", 35th International Cosmic Ray Conference. 10-20 July, 2017. Bexco, Busan, Korea, Proceedings of Science, Vol. 301. Online at, id.436 (Jan 2017)
  6. "Integrated performance of a frequency domain multiplexing readout in the SPT-3G receiver", Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 9914, id. 99141D 11 pp. (2016) (Jul 2016)
  7. "Large arrays of dual-polarized multichroic TES detectors for CMB measurements with the SPT-3G receiver", Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 9914, id. 991417 11 pp. (2016) (Jul 2016)
  8. "The Primordial Inflation Explorer (PIXIE)", Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 9904, id. 99040W 23 pp. (2016) (Jul 2016)
  9. "The Primordial Inflation Explorer (PIXIE)", Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 9143, id. 91431E 17 pp. (2014) (Aug 2014)
  10. "SPT-3G: a next-generation cosmic microwave background polarization experiment on the South Pole telescope", Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 9153, id. 91531P 21 pp. (2014) (Jul 2014)

Past Visitors:
  1. Jean-Loup Puget, IAS Université Paris-sud (2019)
  2. Felicity Hills, Princeton University (2014)
  3. Clarence Chang, Argonne National lab (2013)
  4. Akito Kusaka, Princeton University (2012)
  5. Cynthia Chiang, Princeton University (2011)
  6. Dale Fixsen, U MD/Goddard Space Flight Center (2011)
  7. Oscar Agertz, University of Zurich (2010)
  8. Maryam Modjaz, University of California, Berkeley (2010)
  9. Ali Vanderveld, California Institute of Technology (2010)
  10. Cyril Pitrou, University of Oslo, Norway (2009)
  11. Andreas Burkert, University of Munich (2008)
  12. Daniel Holz, Los Alamos National Laboratory (2007)
  13. Grant Wilson, University of Massachusetts (2007)
  14. Giovanni Fazio, Harvard University (2005)
  15. Kiyotomo Ichiki, National Astronomical Observatory, Tokyo (2005)
  16. Adam Reiss, Space Telescope Science Institute (2005)
  17. Alex Szalay, John Hopkins University (2005)
  18. Alison Coil, University of California, Berkeley (2004)
  19. Elizabeth Kruesi, Lawrence University (2003)
  20. Marc Davis, University of California, Berkeley (2002)
  21. Dale Fixsen, NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center (2002)
  22. Lloyd Knox, University of California, Davis (2002)
  23. Lyman Page, Princeton University (2002)
  24. Ned Wright, University of California, Los Angeles (2002)