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Abigail G. Vieregg

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., UCLA, 2010
 
Contact Information
Phone: (773) 834-2988
Location: ERC 429
Email: aviereggkicp.uchicago.edu
WWW: Web Site

 
Research
Picture: Research
<b>Top:</b> The ANITA-II payload, ready for launch.
<b>Bottom:</b> The five-receiver Keck Array polarimeter at the South Pole, with winter over Robert Schwarz.
Abby's research is focused on experimentally investigating some of the most fundamental questions about the nature of our Universe. Her research ranges from the study of the extremely early universe to probing our understanding of particle physics and astrophysics at extremely high energies.

Abby works on a series of polarimeters at the South Pole (BICEP2, The Keck Array, and BICEP3) that aim to directly probe the epoch of Inflation in the very early universe by measuring the unique polarization signature which would have been imprinted on the Cosmic Microwave Background by the Inflationary Cosmic Gravitational-Wave Background.

Abby also works on experiments that search for ultra-high energy neutrinos (E~10<sup>18</sup> eV) using radio detection techniques. She works on ANITA, a balloon-borne telescope that was designed to search for coherent radio emission produced by the interaction of UHE neutrinos with Antarctic ice and by UHE cosmic rays that induce showers in the atmosphere. She is also working on a new detector, the Greenland Neutrino Observatory (GNO) that will look for ultra-high energy neutrinos from a ground-based array at Summit Station in Greenland.

For more about her research, see <a target='_blank' href='http://kicp.uchicago.edu/~avieregg/'>her web page</a>.

Ongoing Scientific Projects:

Past Scientific Projects: Greenland Neutrino Observatory (GNO)

 
Students
Past Students

GRADUATE: Rhys Povey (2015)

UNDERGRADUATE: Jonathan Kyl (2016), Jessica Avva (2015)

 
Currently in Committees
  • Friday Seminar committee
  • Strategic Policy Team (SPT)

 
KICP Publications
2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014


Latest Journal Publications
  1. "Microwave multiplexing on the Keck Array", arXiv:1909.01305 (Sep 2019)
  2. "NuRadioMC: Monte Carlo simulation package for radio neutrino detectors", Astrophysics Source Code Library, record ascl:1908.011 (Aug 2019)
  3. "Superheavy dark matter and ANITA's anomalous events", Physical Review D, Volume 100, Issue 4, id.043019 (Aug 2019)
  4. "The simulation of the sensitivity of the Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA) to Askaryan radiation from cosmogenic neutrinos interacting in the Antarctic Ice", Journal of Instrumentation, Volume 14, Issue 08, pp. P08011 (2019) (Aug 2019)
  5. "Long-baseline horizontal radio-frequency transmission through polar ice", arXiv:1908.10689 (Aug 2019)
  6. "CMB-S4 Science Case, Reference Design, and Project Plan", arXiv:1907.04473 (Jul 2019)
  7. "Recent Results from The Askaryan Radio Array", arXiv:1907.11125 (Jul 2019)
  8. "The Next-Generation Radio Neutrino Observatory -- Multi-Messenger Neutrino Astrophysics at Extreme Energies", arXiv:1907.12526 (Jul 2019)
  9. "CMB-S4 Decadal Survey APC White Paper", arXiv:1908.01062 (Jul 2019)
  10. "Design and performance of an interferometric trigger array for radio detection of high-energy neutrinos", Nuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research, A, Volume 930, p. 112-125 (Jun 2019)
  11. "Constraints on the ultrahigh-energy cosmic neutrino flux from the fourth flight of ANITA", Physical Review D, Volume 99, Issue 12, id.122001 (Jun 2019)
  12. "NuRadioMC: Simulating the radio emission of neutrinos from interaction to detector", arXiv:1906.01670 (Jun 2019)
  13. "Messengers from the Early Universe: Cosmic Neutrinos and Other Light Relics", Astro2020: Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics, science white papers, no. 159; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 51, Issue 3, id. 159 (2019) (May 2019)
  14. "The Future Landscape of High-Redshift Galaxy Cluster Science", Astro2020: Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics, science white papers, no. 279; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 51, Issue 3, id. 279 (2019) (May 2019)
  15. "Fundamental Physics with High-Energy Cosmic Neutrinos", Astro2020: Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics, science white papers, no. 215; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 51, Issue 3, id. 215 (2019) (May 2019)
  16. "Astrophysics Uniquely Enabled by Observations of High-Energy Cosmic Neutrinos", Astro2020: Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics, science white papers, no. 185; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 51, Issue 3, id. 185 (2019) (May 2019)
  17. "BICEP2 / Keck Array XI: Beam Characterization and Temperature-to-Polarization Leakage in the BK15 Dataset", arXiv:1904.01640 (Apr 2019)
  18. "Superheavy Dark Matter and ANITA's Anomalous Events", arXiv:1904.12865 (Apr 2019)
  19. "Comprehensive analysis of anomalous ANITA events disfavors a diffuse tau-neutrino flux origin", Physical Review D, Volume 99, Issue 6, id.063011 (Mar 2019)
  20. "Measurement of the real dielectric permittivity ɛr of glacial ice", Astroparticle Physics, Volume 108, p. 63-73 (Mar 2019)

Latest Conference Proceedings
  1. "Concept Study for the Beamforming Elevated Array for Cosmic Neutrinos (BEACON)", 36th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2019), held July 24th-August 1st, 2019 in Madison, WI, U.S.A. Online at https://pos.sissa.it/cgi-bin/reader/conf.cgi?confid=358, id.1033 (Jul 2019)
  2. "Towards Interferometric Triggering on Air Showers Induced by Tau Neutrino Interactions", 36th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2019), held July 24th-August 1st, 2019 in Madison, WI, U.S.A. Online at https://pos.sissa.it/cgi-bin/reader/conf.cgi?confid=358, id.917 (Jul 2019)
  3. "NuRadioMC - Simulation Code for the Next Generation of Radio Neutrino Detectors", 36th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2019), held July 24th-August 1st, 2019 in Madison, WI, U.S.A. Online at https://pos.sissa.it/cgi-bin/reader/conf.cgi?confid=358, id.896 (Jul 2019)
  4. "Design and performance of wide-band corrugated walls for the BICEP Array detector modules at 30/40 GHz", Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 10708, id. 107082G 12 pp. (2018) (Jul 2018)
  5. "Ultra-thin large-aperture vacuum windows for millimeter wavelengths receivers", Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 10708, id. 107082K 14 pp. (2018) (Jul 2018)
  6. "BICEP Array cryostat and mount design", Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 10708, id. 107082D 10 pp. (2018) (Jul 2018)
  7. "BICEP Array: a multi-frequency degree-scale CMB polarimeter", Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 10708, id. 1070807 15 pp. (2018) (Jul 2018)
  8. "2017 upgrade and performance of BICEP3: a 95GHz refracting telescope for degree-scale CMB polarization", Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 10708, id. 107082N 11 pp. (2018) (Jul 2018)
  9. "High-precision scanning water vapor radiometers for cosmic microwave background site characterization and comparison", Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 10708, id. 107082E 10 pp. (2018) (Jul 2018)
  10. "Discovering the Highest Energy Neutrinos Using a Radio Phased Array", American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #232, id. 310.02 (Jun 2018)

 
Visitors
Past Visitors:
  1. Danielle Norcini, Yale University (2019)
  2. Justin Vandenbroucke, University of Wisconsin (2019)
  3. Colin Bischoff, University of Cincinnati (2018)
  4. Daniel Grin, Haverford College (2018)
  5. Stephanie Wissel, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (2016)
  6. John Kovac, Harvard University (2015)
  7. David Saltzberg, University of California, Los Angeles (2015)
  8. Donglian Xu, University of Alabama (2015)
  9. Colin Bischoff, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (2014)
  10. David Saltzberg, UCLA (2014)
  11. Stephanie Wissel, University of California, Los Angeles (2014)