The Window to the Universe: A TechGirlz Talk
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This talk is webinar style which is not interactive but offers Q&A.
Architecture and Design: Window to the Universe
Have you ever looked up the starts and wondered how big the Universe is? How do we know when the universe started or how many galaxies and black holes have been discovered so far? How do scientists study the Universe? What instruments do they need to design and engineer? Astrophysicist Amy Bender will share with you how scientists design and engineer telescopes. Students will learn about a special telescope stationed at the South Pole and how this telescope is used tell the story of the Universe.
About the Speaker:
Amy Bender is a staff scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and an associate of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics. Amy builds scientific instruments that are mounted on telescopes and used to measure the microwave light from the infant universe. She had a leading role in developing the custom superconducting detectors and readout electronics for the SPT-3G camera that is currently installed on the South Pole Telescope. She is also responsible for telescope and instrument operations, and regularly travels to work at the South Pole. Prior to joining Argonne, Amy was a postdoctoral fellow in astrophysics at McGill University in Montreal, and received her doctorate in Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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