Hells Canyon reservoir in winter.

About Me

I'm a PhD student in the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics. I earned my bachelor's degree in Physics and Astronomy from Whitman College in 2008. I spent the time between my undergraduate and graduate work traveling in Asia and working in fisheries management and an organic orchard.

Currently I am working with Professor Shaul Hanany on EBEX, a balloon-borne telescope that measures the polarization of the cosmic microwave background. These measurements can greatly improve constraints on several cosmological parameters and increase our understanding of the inflationary period that occured in the first fractions of a second after the Big Bang. EBEX first flew in 2012 and I'm working on a redesigned version with new detector and lens designs, as well as antireflection coatings for those lenses, that will increases EBEX's sensitivity in preparation for another flight.


Karl Young
Institute for Astrophysics
University of Minnesota
116 Church St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Email: kyoung@astro.umn.edu