Center for Advanced Detectors

Promote detector research through focused collaboration with Argonne, Fermilab, and the Institute for Molecular Engineering

Major advances in all fields of experimental science rely on the technology available to test new hypotheses and measure processes, but waiting for others to develop these detectors is a longstanding problem. The solution: a joint interdisciplinary center at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory to develop quantum sensors tailored to meet specific scientific challenges.

Sensor development requires expertise in experimental and theoretical physics, molecular engineering, materials science, quantum electronics, and microfabrication engineering. It also requires expertise in implementation and use of robust detector systems. The Center for Advanced Detectors will engage experts from the Physical Sciences Division and the Institute for Molecular Engineering and build on the University’s relationship with Argonne and Fermilab national laboratories. The UChicago fabrication facilities will target innovating and prototyping while the ANL facility will specialize in scaling and production.

Donors can help the center create the sensing technologies of the future by supporting local and national workshops, a vibrant visitor program, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, and seed funding.