About Me

B.S. in Astrophysics from Caltech in 2008

PhD in Physics and Astronomy from UPenn in 2016

Research Interests: Experimental cosmology, astrophysical instrumentation, data analysis, polarimetry, cosmic microwave background, interstellar medium, dust, cryogenics, balloon-borne telescopes

Publications: ADS List
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SO small aperture telescope at UCSD with research team

The Simons Observatory
I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California San Diego working on the Simons Observatory (SO), a set of cosmic microwave background telescopes scheduled to start operations in 2021 from the SO site high in the Chilean Atacama Desert. To find out more visit SimonsObservatory.org

BLAST-TNG preparing for launch in Antarctica, Dec. 2018

My graduate work centered on the Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope (BLAST) which observes the polarized dust emission from the Milky Way's interstellar medium. The dust emission contains a wealth of information about our galaxy's composition and magnetic field while also being an important foreground source for CMB observations. To learn more about BLAST visit Northwestern.edu/BLAST or follow the BLAST-TNG twitter at @BLAST_TNG

A render of the SO small aperture telescope mounted in its pointing platform. Render courtesy N. Galitkzi

Outreach and Media

I participate in a number of education and public outreach activities including public talks, science fair demos, panels, and public observing nights. More details can be found in my CV or by following me on social media. Here are a few select highlights:

I was recently featured in a UCSD article based on my outreach activities, Link

You can find an interview of me as well as videos from around the lab on the Simons Observatory Youtube channel, Link

I am also a co-organizer, with my colleague Lisa Will, of Astronomy on Tap San Diego.
AoTSD Twitter

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Email: ngalitzki@ucsd.edu

Address: 9500 Gilman Dr. #0424, La Jolla, CA 92093