Mazin Lab, led by Professor Ben Mazin, is a part of the Department of Physics at UCSB. We are focused on using a unique detector technology called Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKIDs) for astronomy in the near infrared, optical, ultraviolet, and X-ray. These detectors allow us to determine the energy and arrival time of individual photons. The applications of this technology ranges from detecting Earth-like planets around nearby stars to untangling the emission mechanisms of pulsars and determining the redshift of billions of galaxies.
Top Left: A 10,000 pixel Optical/near-IR MKID Array. Photo credit: JPL NASA. Top Right: A binary star imaged with DARKNESS. The inset show the binary with the coronagraphic mask removed. Bottom Left: Mazin Lab members at LTD-16 and new arrivals. Bottom Right: DARKNESS being mounted to the Palomar 200" Hale Telescope cass cage.
May, 2017: 2017 Ph.D. Seth Meeker received a NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship (NPP) at NASA JPL
May, 2017: 2017 Ph.D. Paul Szypryt received a NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (NPP) at NIST Boulder
April, 2017: Graduate Student Nicholas Zobrist Awareded a prestigious NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF)
April 7-11, 2017: Third observing run with DARKNESS
March, 2017: Graduate Student Isabel Lipartito awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!
November 19-23, 2017: Second obs. run with DARKNESS
July 21, 2016: First light of the #DARKNESS camera!
March 19, 2015: Mazin’s CFA colloquium posted on youtube
Jun 12, 2014: Planet Finding camera MEC funded by Japan for SCExAO on Subaru
Nov 14, 2013: ARCONS in Gizmodo
Nov 11, 2013: ARCONS in Sky and Telescope
Nov 11, 2013: ARCONS in IEEE Spectrum
July 15, 2013: MKIDs in SPIE Newsroom
Office: Broida Hall 2015H
Lab: Broida Hall 3509
Department of Physics
Bldg. 572 Room 1311
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 USA