Erika Hamden will talk about just what goes into building a telescope and getting it off the ground. It takes years of technology development, years of design, fabrication, testing, months in the field working and waiting for good weather. But it also takes years of sacrifice, failure, mistakes, and heartbreak. Prof. Hamden will talk about her own journey to take her telescope from an idea to a reality.
Dr. Hamden joined the University of Arizona in September of 2018. Her research focuses on UV instrumentation, detector technology development, multi-object & IFU spectroscopy, and galaxy evolution. Dr. Hamden is the project scientist for the Faint Intergalactic-medium Redshifted Emission Balloon, a UV multi-object spectrograph designed to observe the circum-galactic medium (CGM) in emission at UV wavelengths, scheduled for flight in September 2018. Dr. Hamden is also the project scientist for the Keck Cosmic Reionization Mapper, the red channel of the Keck Cosmic Web Imager, a high resolution IFU on Keck 2. Dr. Hamden is interested in large scale galactic outflows and inflows, with on-going work focused on observing emission from Lyman-alpha and MgII from the CGM of galaxies using integral field units at a range of redshifts. Dr. Hamden is working on the development and testing of UV optimized Electron Multiplying CCDs with the Advanced Detectors, Systems and Nanoscience Group (389E) Group at JPL. She also has a larger interest in silicon detector technologies.