Adam Anderson

KICP Associate fellow, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015
Contact Information
Location: ERC 407
Email: adamafnal.gov
WWW: Web Site

I am an experimental physicist broadly interested in building superconducting detectors to study the cosmic microwave background (CMB) and search for dark matter. I recently built and commissioned the SPT-3G experiment on the South Pole Telescope, and I am currently analyzing data from its deep, high-resolution survey of 1,500 sq. deg. of the southern sky, which will improve constraints on inflation, dark energy, and neutrino properties with precision measurements of the CMB power spectra. I am also heavily involved in the design and planning for several future experiments. In the late 2020s, CMB-S4 will use 500,000 superconducting detectors to perform the definitive ground-based measurements of the CMB. In addition, we are developing new camera designs for the South Pole Telescope, using kinetic inductance detectors, to follow the completion of SPT-3G. Finally, in a previous life, I worked on direct detection of dark matter, mostly with the SuperCDMS experiment, and I maintain a latent interest in novel and exotic laboratory searches for dark matter.

Non-scientific interests include running marathons, baking bread, and Chicago literature.

Ongoing Scientific Projects:

Talks, Lectures, & Workshops

KICP Publications
2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

Latest Journal Publications
  1. "The SPTpol Extended Cluster Survey", arXiv:1910.04121 (Oct 2019)
  2. "Measurements of B-mode Polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background from 500 Square Degrees of SPTpol Data", arXiv:1910.05748 (Oct 2019)
  3. "Constraints on Cosmological Parameters from the 500 deg$^2$ SPTpol Lensing Power Spectrum", arXiv:1910.07157 (Oct 2019)
  4. "CMB-S4", Astro2020: Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics, APC white papers, no. 209; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 51, Issue 7, id. 209 (2019) (Sep 2019)
  5. "Fractional Polarisation of Extragalactic Sources in the 500-square-degree SPTpol Survey", arXiv:1907.02156 (Jul 2019)
  6. "CMB-S4 Science Case, Reference Design, and Project Plan", arXiv:1907.04473 (Jul 2019)
  7. "A Detection of CMB-Cluster Lensing using Polarization Data from SPTpol", arXiv:1907.08605 (Jul 2019)
  8. "Galaxy Clusters Selected via the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Effect in the SPTpol 100-Square-Degree Survey", arXiv:1907.09621 (Jul 2019)
  9. "On-sky performance of the SPT-3G frequency-domain multiplexed readout", arXiv:1907.10947 (Jul 2019)
  10. "Performance of Al-Mn Transition-Edge Sensor Bolometers in SPT-3G", arXiv:1907.11976 (Jul 2019)
  11. "CMB-S4 Decadal Survey APC White Paper", arXiv:1908.01062 (Jul 2019)
  12. "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)
  13. "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)
  14. "Optical Characterization of the SPT-3G Camera", Journal of Low Temperature Physics, Volume 193, Issue 3-4, pp. 305-313 (Nov 2018)
  15. "Measurements of the Temperature and E-mode Polarization of the CMB from 500 Square Degrees of SPTpol Data", The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 852, Issue 2, article id. 97, 31 pp. (2018) (Jan 2018)
  16. "Low-Mass Dark Matter Search with CDMSlite", arXiv:1707.01632 (Jul 2017)
  17. "Improved WIMP-search reach of the CDMS II germanium data", Physical Review D, Volume 92, Issue 7, id.072003 (Oct 2015)

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. "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)
  6. "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)