Shaul Hanany

Shaul Hanany

Shaul Hanany

Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy


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


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

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. A Millimeter-Wave Achromatic Half Wave Plate, [download jan5_sub.pdf]
  3. MAXIPOL: DATA ANALYSIS AND RESULTS, [download wu_etal20061112_nice.pdf]
  4. The EBEX Experiment, [download Oxley_EBEX2004.pdf]
  5. S. Hanany, T. Matsumura, B. Johnson, J. R. Hull, and K. B. Ma, A Cosmic Micorwave Background Radiation Polarimeter Using Superconducting Bearings, 2003, IEEE Trans. Appl. Supercond., Vol. 13, pg. 2128, astro-ph/0304312 [abstract]
  6. M. E. Abroe, J. Borrill, S. Hanany, A. Jaffe, B. Johnson, A. T. Lee, B. Rabii, P. L. Richards, G. Smoot, R. Stompor, C. Winant, Correlations Between the WMAP and MAXIMA Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropy Maps, 2004, ApJ, Vol. 605, 607. astro-ph/0308355 [abstract]
  7. A. Benoit et al., First Detection of Polarization of the Submillimetre Galactic Dust Emission by Archeops, 2004, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Vol. 424, 571, astro-ph/0306222 [abstract]
  8. S. Hanany, P.A.R Ade, A. Balbi, J.J. Bock, J. Borrill, A. Boscaleri, P. de Bernardis, P.G. Ferreira, V.V. Hristov, A.H. Jaffe, A.E. Lange, A.T. Lee, P.D. Mauskopf, C.B. Netterfield, S. Oh, E. Pascale,, MAXIMA-1: A Measurement of the Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropy on Angular Scale of 10 Arcminutes to 5 Degrees, ApJ, 545L, 5, astro-ph/0005123 (2000). [abstract]

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