Office Location: 336 Physics (Tate Hall)
Office Phone: 626-9149
Email: mmilligan at astro umn edu (PGP public key)
Hi! You have found Michael Milligan's web page at the University of Minnesota Department of Astronomy. I work in Dr. Shaul Hanany's Observational Cosmology group, primarily on EBEX. My primary area of research is development of control and monitoring software for EBEX (and similar balloon payloads), but I also do data analysis and optics design for balloon and space-based CMB polarimetry instruments.
The EBEX Experiment, Proc.SPIE Int.Soc.Opt.Eng. 5543 (2004), astro-ph/0501111
H. Tran, A. Lee, S. Hanany, M. Milligan, and T. Renbarger, "Comparison of the crossed and the Gregorian Mizuguchi-Dragone for wide-field millimeter-wave astronomy," Appl. Opt. 47, 103-109 (2008)
James Bock, Asantha Cooray, Shaul Hanany, Brian Keating, Adrian Lee, Tomotake Matsumura, Michael Milligan, Nicolas Ponthieu, Tom Renbarger, Huan Tran, et al. (for the EPIC Science and Technology Teams). The Experimental Probe of Inflationary Cosmology (EPIC): A Mission Concept Study for NASA's Einstein Inflation Probe. (aka EPIC Phase 1 Mission Study Report) arXiv:0805.4207v1 [astro-ph]
I have intermittently taught lab sections for Astronomy 1001 between 2003 and 2007. My syllabus is still available here as a possibly useful template: Section 118 and 128, and in Word format.
The EBEX North American engineering flight took place on June 11, 2009. The field campaign took us to Ft. Sumner, NM for the spring of 2009. Our postdoc Asad thoroughly chronicled our time there on his blog: EBEX in Flight. Also, here is a video of the launch.
I spent the autumn of 2008 at the Nevis Laboratory in Ardsley, NY working on EBEX preflight integration.
I was at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel from October 2004 through June 2005.
For updates on my adventures, visit the blog.
Visit this page for (outdated) biographical information, PGP key, etc.
Last modified: Wed Sep 9 03:09:20 CDT 2009