Mazin Lab


Mazin Lab, led by Associate Professor Ben Mazin, is 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.

Office:  Broida Hall 2015A

Phone: (805)893-3344

Fax: (805)893-3344

Lab:  Broida Hall 3509

Lab Phone: (805)893-7201


Department of Physics  

Bldg. 572 Room 1311          
University of California        
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 USA


Welcome to the Mazin Lab Homepage
Physics Department, UCSB

Top Left: A 10,000 pixel Optical/near-IR MKID Array.  Photo credit: JPL NASA Top Right: First light image of SAO 65485 on DARKNESS    Bottom Left: Mazin Lab members at LTD-16  Bottom Right: Disassembly of the DARKNESS cryostat


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

Oct 12, 2012: Convergence Magazine

Feb 2, 2012: MKIDs in Laser Focus World

Jan 24, 2012: MKIDs in Nature News

Jan 16, 2012: Optical Lumped Element MKID Paper published

Sep 26, 2011: Professor Mazin awarded Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)