MHz Astronomy Development Lab.

The focus at the lab is on low frequency radio astronomy, primarily on application to 21cm cosmology but with a broad interest in whatever else can be done with such instruments. We also support space projects, including the cubesats SPARCS, Phoenix, the ASU Tracking station and the  ASU Interplanetary Initiative “Space Maker Space”.

  • MAD Lab summer 2018. TL: Katherine Elder, Karishma Albal, Edgar Escalante, Shane Bechtel, Lily Whitler, David Lewis.  BL: Danny Jacobs, Matt Kolopanis, Tyler Cox, Sean Morgan, Jean Donet, Adam Beardsley
  • Ddemonstrating a programmable radio receiver.
  • Karishma Albal leads a discussion during MAD Lab summer 2018

ASU Partners:

Low frequency Cosmology lab – co-directors Judd Bowman and Danny Jacobs

Dynamos Group – Evgenya Shloknik


Cosmology Group Members:

  • Matt Kolopanis – Postdoc
  • Steven Murray – Postdoc
  • Bharat Gehlot – Postdoc
  • Katherine Elder – Grad student
  • Mrudula Gopalkrishna – Grad student
  • Lindsey Berkhout – Grad student
  • Mickey Horn – Lab Manager


  • Adam Beardsley – Postdoc, now Professor of Physics at Winona State
  • Tyler Cox – ASU Undergraduate, now Grad student at UC Berkeley
  • David Lewis – ASU Undergraduate
  • Edgar Escalante – ASU Undergraduate
  • Katherine Elder – HERA Summer Intern, now grad student here!
  • Jean Donet – HERA Summer Intern
  • Sean Morgan – HERA Summer Intern
  • David Nelson – ASU Undergraduate,
  • Jacob Burba – currently graduate student at Brown
  • Michael Busch – currently graduate student at Johns Hopkins
  • Karishma Albal – ASU Summer Intern
  • Lauren Turner – ASU Undergraduate

Project List

Sponsored Student Projects

Phoenix Cubesat

ASU Tracking Station


Research Projects

One of 350 HERA dishes. This is the first installation of the new cosmic dawn feed.

The Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA) which aims to detect the first stars in the cosmic dawn. ASU team members include:

  • Danny Jacobs – Project Scientist
  • Lindsay Berkhout – Digital and analog instrumentation
  • Steven Murray – Theory and Pipeline Validation,
  • Bharat Gehlot – Instrument simulation and data analysis
  • Matt Kolopanis – Operations software and data analysis.
SPARCS’s 8″ aperture UV telescope will monitor stars for a month or longer to establish flare rates and intensities.

The Star Planet Activity Research Cubesat (SPARCS) will monitor stellar flares to understand their impact on exoplanets. Group team members include

  • Danny Jacobs – Spacecraft and Software Integration
  • Judd Bowman – Software and Payload Computer
  • Tahina Tamiaramanantsoa – Flight and ground astronomy pipeline
  • Matt Kolopanis – Flight and Ground Software
  • Michael (Mickey) Horn – Spacecraft