SEC meets at the High Sierra Grill, 521 Firestone Road
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When Wednesday,  October 10, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM PDT
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High Sierra Grill in Goleta 
521 Firestone Road
Goleta, CA 93111

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Cheryl Ebner 
Science & Engineering Council of Santa Barbara 
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10-10-18 Looking for Planets Outside Our Solar System with Superconducting Photon Detectors 

Our October Presentation:  
In astronomy the only way to get a bigger signal is to build a bigger telescope or make a better camera for an existing telescope. While larger telescopes come roughly once every 30 years, better instruments and especially better detectors can be updated much more rapidly, leading to startling advances. UCSB's Dr. Ben Mazin will present his group’s work developing an entirely new kind of camera based on a revolutionary new photon sensor, known as a Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors, or MKIDs. These detectors are made of platinum silicide superconductors. They operate at 0.1 degrees above absolute zero and are the most powerful optical and near-IR photon detectors on the planet. He will also discuss how his group is using MKID cameras to directly image exoplanets around the nearest stars.


Our Speaker:   
Dr. Ben Mazin, UCSB Professor of Physics, attended Yale University, graduating in 1997. He then attended the California Institute of Technology, graduating with a doctorate in Astrophysics in August, 2004. After a short post-doc at Caltech, he went to work as a scientist at JPL in March 2005. He joined the faculty at UCSB in September 2008, where he leads a lab dedicated to the development of optical/UV/X-ray Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKIDs) and astronomical instrumentation for time and energy resolved studies. His current research focus is building and using MKID-based instruments for detecting and characterizing nearby exoplanets. He was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2010 and the Worster Chair in Experimental Physics in 2017.

Please reserve by the Monday before the meeting: A reservation allows SEC to provide the restaurant an accurate guarantee of meal amounts and results in faster service. When reserving, make a meal choice. You can pay in advance by credit card or at the door with check or cash. Remember you are always welcome as a walk-in member or guest without a reservation. 

Meal Choices: All meals are the same price. Please choose one when you reserve, to provide a count for the restaurant. Pay when you reserve, or walk-in and pay at the door.

  • Tri-Tip Sandwich
  • Smoked Turkey-Bacon Sandwich
  • High Sierra Chicken-Apple-Pecan Salad
  • Portobello Mushroom Sandwich with lettuce, tomato, onion
Drinks:  Diet soda, iced tea, lemonade and water are available.

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Plan now for upcoming SEC meetings:

November 14: Elliot W. Hawkes, "Soft Robotics: Bringing Principles Found in Nature to Engineered Systems
December 12:  Joshua Haggmark, Santa Barbara Water Resources Manager, speaking on desalination technology