Keynote Speakers

Simon Bandler

NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center

X-ray Missions based on LTD Technologies


Simon R. Bandler is a research astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He received his BS degree in mathematical physics from the University of Sussex in the U.K. and his MS and PhD degrees in physics from Brown University in the U.S. in 1992 and 1996. He is the author of more than 200 journal papers. His current research interests include transition-edge sensor and magnetic x-ray microcalorimeters, and x-ray astrophysics. He is the project manager for the U.S. contribution to Athena X-ray Integral Field Unit instrument. He has participating in sub-orbital instrument programs and concepts for many proposed new flight programs.

Karl Berggren


Superconducting Nanostrip Detectors: From Quantum Communications to Dark-Matter Search


Prof. Berggren is the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a Kavli fellow, a fellow of AAAS, and fellow of IEEE.

Chiara Brofferio

University of Milano-Bicocca

Dark Matter and Neutrino Physics with LTDs


Chiara Brofferio is associate professor at the Physics Department of Milano-Bicocca University. and works on neutrinoless Double Beta Decay (0νDBD) with cryogenic detectors since the ‘90s. She contributed to bring these detectors to a very high precision degree, realizing X and alpha detectors with energy resolutions much higher than those achievable with conventional devices, and to the realization of the most massive bolometric gamma detectors. Her professional expertise ranges from vacuum and low temperature technologies to development, realization, put into operation and optimization of cryogenic detectors. She is also highly experienced in natural radioactivity and in neutrino physics. She is a founding member of the CUORE (Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events) international collaboration and one of the promoters of the future CUPID (CUORE Upgrade with Particle IDentification) experiment.

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