Christopher Rooney

Astronomy & Space Sciences


I am a third-year graduate student working on Cornell's sub-millimeter grating spectrometer ZEUS-2 (the Z [redshift] and Early Universe Spectrometer, second generation). ZEUS-2 uses bolometer arrays for detectors, and recently two new arrays have been added to the instrument, operating in the 200 and 600 micron bands. I am currently working on characterizing these two new arrays in preparation for further observing on the 12 m APEX telescope in Chile.

I received undergraduate degrees in physics and astronomy from the University of Kansas in 2017. While there, I worked on experimental cosmology, in particular the large-scale statistics of galaxy peculiar velocities. 

Research Focus

Advisor: Professor Gordon Stacey