Winston Pouse Rose Hills
Development of Kinetic Inductance Phonon Sensors
Dark matter makes up about 23% of the total mass energy in the universe, a significant portion compared to the 5% of ordinary matter (atoms). However, dark matter has yet to be directly detected. Science is thus pushing towards better detectors. Currently Dr. Sadoulets lab is helping develop Kinetic Inductance Detectors (KIDs). These detectors are easier to fabricate and provide uniformity in performance between detectors. I will investigate a few issues or challenges that need to be overcome to develop an effective sensor technology. Firstly, I will resolve a discrepancy between designed and actual parameters of the detector. Secondly, I will help improve the signal to noise ratio of KIDs. Accomplishing these tasks will help establish KIDs as a reliable and sensitive detector.