Shaul Hanany

Shaul Hanany

Shaul Hanany

Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy

Contact

Physics And Nanotechnology Building
Room 316
115 Union St. Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Affiliations

Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics (MIfA)
Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI)
Physics Force

Education

Ph.D., Columbia University, 1993

M.Sc., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1989

B.Sc. (Magna Cum Laude), Tel Aviv University, 1987

Professional Background

  • Editor, Journal of Cosmology and Astro-particle Physics (2000 – Present)
  • Center Research Fellow, the Center for Particle Astrophysics, University of California, Berkeley
  • ‘Best Physics Professor', Institute of Technology Student Board, 2003, 2010
  • Results published by Hanany et al. were cited as “one of the 10 most important breakthroughs in science for the year 2000” by Science magazine (Science, 290, 2221)

Scientific & Professional Societies

Fellow, American Physical Society
Research Interests

We are building instruments with which we observe the 'cosmic microwave background radiation' (CMB). This radiation is a relic remnant from the big bang. Detailed characterization of the properties of the CMB can give tremendous amount of information about the evolution of the universe. By 'evolution of the universe' we mean: from immediately after the bang until galaxies and clusters of galaxies formed. Already our research has claimed national recognition: Science Magazine has labeled results that we published in 2000 as "one of the 10 most important breakthroughs in science for the year 2000".

The instruments we build are launched on balloon borne platforms to altitudes above 100,000 ft. They use the highest sensitivity detectors in the world, as well as many other innovations that you won't find in Home Depot, Menards or Ax-Man. The balloon flight usually lasts between a few hours to few weeks.

Some members of our group specialize in the analysis and interpretation of data and its implication for cosmology. Those members use the facilities of the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute. Visit the Hanany Group Supercomputing Institute website to learn more.

Research Group
Center for Particle Astrophysics, University of California, Berkeley

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient of the American Astronomical Society Chretien Grant
  • ‘Best Physics Professor', Institute of Technology Student Board, 2003 and 2010
  • McKnight Land-Grant Professor 2001-2003
  • Fellow, American Physical Society
  • Associate Fellow, the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute

Selected Publications

  1. Wen, Q., Fadeeva, E., Hanany, S., Koch, J., Matsumura, T., Takaku, R., Young, K. Picosecond laser ablation of millimeter-wave subwavelength structures on alumina and sapphire (2021) Optics and Laser Technology, 142, art. no. 107207, .

  2. Delabrouille, J., et. al, Microwave spectro-polarimetry of matter and radiation across space and time (2021) Experimental Astronomy, 51 (3), pp. 1471-1514.

  3. Geach, C., Hanany, S., Tan, C.Y., Tan, X.Z. Trajectories of long duration balloons launched from McMurdo Station in Antarctica (2021) Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, 7 (2), art. no. 027002

  4. Geach, C., Hanany, S., Fritts, D.C., Kaifler, B., Kaifler, N., Kjellstrand, C.B., Williams, B.P., Eckermann, S.D., Miller, A.D., Jones, G., Reimuller, J.
    Gravity Wave Breaking and Vortex Ring Formation Observed by PMC Turbo (2020) Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 125 (23), art. no. e2020JD033038, .

  5. Jones, T.J., Kim, J.-A., Dowell, C.D., Morris, M.R., Pineda, J.L., Benford, D.J., Berthoud, M., Chuss, D.T., Dale, D.A., Fissel, L.M., Goldsmith, P.F., Hamilton, R.T., Hanany, S., Harper, D.A., Henning, T.K., Lazarian, A., Looney, L.W., Michail, J.M., Novak, G., Santos, F.P., Sheth, K., Siah, J., Stacey, G.J., Staguhn, J., Stephens, I.W., Tassis, K., Trinh, C.Q., Vaillancourt, J.E., Ward-Thompson, D., Werner, M., Wollack, E.J., Zweibel, E.G. HAWC+ Far-infrared Observations of the Magnetic Field Geometry in M51 and NGC 891 (2020) Astronomical Journal, 160 (4), art. no. 167

  6. Kjellstrand, C.B., Jones, G., Geach, C., Williams, B.P., Fritts, D.C., Miller, A., Hanany, S., Limon, M., Reimuller, J. The PMC Turbo Balloon Mission to Measure Gravity Waves and Turbulence in Polar Mesospheric Clouds: Camera, Telemetry, and Software Performance (2020) Earth and Space Science, 7 (8), art. no. e2020EA001238

  7. Takaku, R., Hanany, S., Hoshino, Y., Imada, H., Ishino, H., Katayama, N., Komatsu, K., Konishi, K., Kuwata Gonokami, M., Matsumura, T., Mitsuda, K., Sakurai, H., Sakurai, Y., Wen, Q., Yamasaki, N.Y., Young, K., Yumoto, J. Demonstration of anti-reflective structures over a large area for CMB polarization experiments (2020) Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 11453, art. no. 114531A, .

  8. Santos, F.P., Chuss, D.T., Dowell, C.D., Houde, M., Looney, L.W., Rodriguez, E.L., Novak, G., Ward-Thompson, D., Berthoud, M., Dale, D.A., Guerra, J.A., Hamilton, R.T., Hanany, S., Harper, D.A., Henning, T.K., Jones, T.J., Lazarian, A., Michail, J.M., Morris, M.R., Staguhn, J., Stephens, I.W., Tassis, K., Trinh, C.Q., Camp, E.V., Volpert, C.G., Wollack, E.J. The Far-infrared Polarization Spectrum of ρ Ophiuchi A from HAWC+/SOFIA Observations (2019) Astrophysical Journal, 882 (2), art. no. 113, .

  9. Takaku, R., Matsumura, T., Sakurai, H., Konishi, K., Imada, H., Hanany, S., Young, K., Wen, Q., Sakurai, Y., Katayama, N., Mitsuda, K., Yamasaki, N., Komatsu, K., Ishino, H., Yumoto, J., Kuwata-Gonokami, M. Demonstration of broadband anti-reflection coating on sapphire based on mm-wave sub-wavelength structures (2019) International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves, IRMMW-THz, 2019-September, art. no. 8873910

  10. Fritts, D.C., Miller, A.D., Kjellstrand, C.B., Geach, C., Williams, B.P., Kaifler, B., Kaifler, N., Jones, G., Rapp, M., Limon, M., Reimuller, J., Wang, L., Hanany, S., Gisinger, S., Zhao, Y., Stober, G., Randall, C.E. PMC Turbo: Studying Gravity Wave and Instability Dynamics in the Summer Mesosphere Using Polar Mesospheric Cloud Imaging and Profiling From a Stratospheric Balloon (2019) Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 124 (12), pp. 6423-6443.

  11. Didier, J., Miller, A.D., Araujo, D., Aubin, F., Geach, C., Johnson, B., Korotkov, A., Raach, K., Westbrook, B., Young, K., Aboobaker, A.M., Ade, P., Baccigalupi, C., Bao, C., Chapman, D., Dobbs, M., Grainger, W., Hanany, S., Helson, K., Hillbrand, S., Hubmayr, J., Jaffe, A., Jones, T.J., Klein, J., Lee, A., Limon, M., Macdermid, K., Milligan, M., Pascale, E., Reichborn-Kjennerud, B., Sagiv, I., Tucker, C., Tucker, G.S., Zilic, K. Intensity-coupled Polarization in Instruments with a Continuously Rotating Half-wave Plate (2019) Astrophysical Journal, 876 (1), art. no. 54

  12. Chuss, D.T., Andersson, B.-G., Bally, J., Dotson, J.L., Darren Dowell, C., Guerra, J.A., Harper, D.A., Houde, M., Jay Jones, T., Lazarian, A., Lopez Rodriguez, E., Michail, J.M., Morris, M.R., Novak, G., Siah, J., Staguhn, J., Vaillancourt, J.E., Volpert, C.G., Werner, M., Wollack, E.J., Benford, D.J., Berthoud, M., Cox, E.G., Crutcher, R., Dale, D.A., Fissel, L.M., Goldsmith, P.F., Hamilton, R.T., Hanany, S., Henning, T.K., Looney, L.W., Harvey Moseley, S., Santos, F.P., Stephens, I., Tassis, K., Trinh, C.Q., Van Camp, E., Ward-Thompson, D. HAWC+/SOFIA Multiwavelength Polarimetric Observations of OMC-1 (2019) Astrophysical Journal, 872 (2), art. no. 187

  13. Jones, T.J., Dowell, C.D., Rodriguez, E.L., Zweibel, E.G., Berthoud, M., Chuss, D.T., Goldsmith, P.F., Hamilton, R.T., Hanany, S., Harper, D.A., Lazarian, A., Looney, L.W., Michail, J.M., Morris, M.R., Novak, G., Santos, F.P., Sheth, K., Stacey, G.J., Staguhn, J., Stephens, I.W., Tassis, K., Trinh, C.Q., Volpert, C.G., Werner, M., Wollack, E.J. SOFIA Far-infrared Imaging Polarimetry of M82 and NGC 253: Exploring the Supergalactic Wind (2019) Astrophysical Journal Letters, 870 (1), art. no. L9, .

Advisees & Collaborators

Undergraduate Students:

  • Garrett Bembenek
  • Mason Dorseth
  • Irene Moskowitz
  • Lucy Young

Graduate Students:

  • Chaoyun Bao
  • Christopher Geach
  • Catherine Raach
  • Qi Wen
  • Karl Young

Research Associates:

  • Francois Aubin