Colin Bischoff

Colin A Bischoff

Assistant Professor

Geology-Physics Building


A&S Physics - 0011

Professional Summary

Research interests
Dr. Colin Bischoff studies the polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) to learn about the origin of the universe. The CMB is a relic radiation field that was emitted shortly after the Big Bang. By studying CMB polarization, he hopes to detect a signal of primordial gravitational waves that are predicted by inflation, our leading theory of the conditions that produced the Big Bang. Dr. Bischoff’s efforts span instrumentation, telescope operations, and data analysis. Two currently operating telescopes at the South Pole, BICEP3 and BICEP Array, are currently producing the most sensitive CMB polarization data for this purpose. He is also involved in planning for the future CMB Stage 4 experiment.


B.S.: Stanford University Stanford, CA, 2002 (Physics)

Ph.D.: University of Chicago Chicago, IL, 2010 (Physics)

Positions and Work Experience

2010 -2016 Postdoctoral fellow, BICEP/Keck Collaboration, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Research Support

Grant: #OAC-1835536 Investigators:Bischoff, Colin 09-01-2018 -08-31-2021 National Science Foundation Collaborative Research: Elements: Software: NSCI: HDR: Building An HPC/HTC Infrastructure For The Synthesis And Analysis Of Current And Future Cosmic Microwave Background Datasets Role:PI $39,005.00 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #61943489-134448 / AST-1836010 Investigators:Bischoff, Colin 10-01-2018 -09-30-2022 National Science Foundation MSIP: Innovation to Achieve the Full Science Reach of the BICEP Array Stage 3 CMB Polarization ExperimentPre-Application - we are a subaward on Stanford's submission Role:PI $75,314.00 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #AST-2009469 Investigators:Bischoff, Colin 07-01-2020 -06-30-2023 National Science Foundation Understanding instrumental systematics for the CMB-S4 ultra-deep survey Role:PI $237,741.00 Awarded Level:Federal

Grant: #DE-SC0011784 Investigators:Argyres, Philip; Aurisano, Adam; Bischoff, Colin; Brod, Joachim; Kagan, Alexander; Kinoshita, Kay; Schwartz, Alan; Sousa, Alexandre; Wijewardhana, L.C.R.; Zupan, Jure 04-01-2020 -03-31-2023 Department of Energy Research in Particle and Cosmology Theory and Experiment at the University of Cincinnati Role:Collaborator $1,250,000.00 Awarded Level:Federal

Honors and Awards

2020 UC Innovative Uses of Technology in Teaching Award for development of data analysis and computational exercises in astrophysics courses.