Dr. Tyler Natoli

Tyler primarily works with the South Pole Telescope (SPT) collaboration. The SPT is a mm-wavelength 10-meter telescope located at the geographic South Pole that primarily performs cosmic microwave background (CMB) surveys.

Because of the high re-observation cadence of CMB surveys, the data collected during the survey can also act as a high quality transient data set. Tyler is currently performing searches for transient sources in data taken with the SPTpol camera on the South Pole Telescope. Transient searches at these wavelengths have the potential to detect orphan gamma ray bursts (GRB) afterglows and can put limits on the opening angles of GRBs.

A new camera, SPT-3G, will be installed on the South Pole Telescope in early 2017 and will have an order of magnitude more detectors than the current camera. Using a cryogenic system in the Long-Wavelength Lab at the Dunlap Institute, Tyler is characterizing the SPT-3G detectors at sub-Kelvin temperatures for use in the SPT-3G camera.

He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in Physics, and an undergraduate degree in physics & astronomy from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.