The fifth Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-V) Local Volume Mapper (LVM) instrument will perform an optical, integral-field spectroscopic survey. I am designing, building, and testing the LVMi objective optics.
The Magellan Infrared Multi-Object Spectrograph (MIRMOS) is a near-infrared (NIR) multi-object spectrograph (MOS) and integral field unit (IFU) instrument concept slated for deployment at the Magellan 6.5-meter telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory. MIRMOS is designed to address frontier scientific questions in extragalactic, cosmological, and exoplanetary science. I am building the first arm of the camera, including optics and IR detector.
CIBER-2 is an infrared telescope aboard a sounding rocket, designed to study fluctuations in the cosmic infrared extragalactic background to place limits on reionization. The epoch of reionization is an exciting time in cosmological history, when early galaxies ionized the neutral hydrogen that permeated the entire universe, allowing photons to travel freely for the first time. My thesis work involved building the mechanical and thermal interfaces between rocket body and optics; designing the focal plane array for detector and filter; and characterizing the IR detector.