BREAD Collaboration Meeting October 2023

MCP 201 (Michelson Center for Physics (MCP))

MCP 201

Michelson Center for Physics (MCP)

933 East 56th Street South Entrance Room 201 Chicago IL 60637 773-702-7823
Andrew Sonnenschein (Fermilab), David Miller (University of Chicago), Stefan Knirck (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory)


Welcome to the second BREAD (Broadband Reflector Experiment for Axion Detection) collaboration meeting which will take place at the University of Chicago October 4-6, 2023.

The meeting is open to anyone interested in BREAD. The meeting will cover:

  • Science results from GigaBREAD, and status of InfraBREAD
  • Quantum sensing from GHz to Infrared
  • Enhancing the dish antenna: Horn Arrays, Dielectrics and Resonances
  • Opportunities for Large-Scale Funding and Collaboration Forming


On-site attendance:

See this link for lodging options,

The main venue will the Michelson Center for Physics (MCP) and we will use the main conference room on the second floor, overlooking the quadrangle to the south of the building, MCP 201,

+++ Friday outing plan: Architecture Tours at Wendella. It’s more fun than educational, while still being interesting. 
For 10 people, would be $510, or $51/person, including a $9 drink ticket. There’s space at 6:15pm, 7:15pm, and 8:15pm on Friday still.
Please sign up for Friday’s Architecture tour by Tuesday, October 3, by replying to this mail or directly to David!
+++ Wednesday lunch & Thursday dinner:  see information below in agenda
+++ WIFI: 
Connect to wireless network: uchicago-guest
Open web browser
Enter username: bread
Enter password: physics


Remote attendance:

We will stream talks and discussions via Zoom. Zoom information will be distributed via e-mail.

    • Introduction and Logistics
      • 1
        Speaker: David Miller (University of Chicago)
    • GHz to THz Detectors
      Convener: Andrew Sonnenschein (Fermilab)
      • 2
        Single Photon Counting from 10-100 GHz - A Review (remote)
        Speaker: Max Hofheinz
      • 3
        Single THz Photon Detection for axion searches with Qbits at SLAC
        Speakers: Chiara Salemi (Stanford University and SLAC), Noah Kurinsky (SLAC National Laboratory)
      • 4
        Quantum Capacitance Detectors at Fermilab

        current status, LDRD proposal

        Speakers: Jialin Yu, Rakshya Khatiwada
      • 10:40 AM
      • 5
        QUALIPHIDE (remote)

        Speaker: Nikita Klimovich
      • 6
        Kinetic Inductance Parametric Amplifiers at Fermilab
        Speaker: Dylan Temples (Fermilab)
      • 7
        On-Chip Fourier Transform Spectrometer

        Speaker: Ritoban Basu Thakur (California Institute of Technology)
    • Lunch
      • 12:10 PM

        We have 20 varied lunch boxes, including vegetarian.

    • GigaBREAD - Our First Science Result and Next Steps
      Convener: David Miller (University of Chicago)
      • 2:15 PM
    • KICP Colloquium in ERC 161 (kiddie corner from MCP)
    • Enhancing the signal in BREAD: Array, Dielectrics, Resonances
      Convener: Gabe Hoshino (University of Chicago)
      • 8
        Primer: Sensitivity of Dish Antennas - Why we need more
        Speaker: Jesse Liu (University of Cambridge)
      • 9
        Dish Arrays
        Speaker: Stefan Knirck (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory)
      • 10
        Dielectric Enhancement: Concept
        Speaker: Masha Baryakhtar
      • 9:55 AM
      • 11
        Dielectric Enhancement: Review of Dielectrics
        Speaker: Andrew Sonnenschein (Fermilab)
      • 12
        Dielectric Enhancement: MADMAX (remote)
        • How to calibrate a dielectric haloscope
        • A first calibrated open booster
        • Plans for a first dark photon measurement at UHamburg with GigaBREAD board
        Speaker: Jacob Mathias Egge
      • 13
        Resonant Enhancement: LDRD Proposal
        Speaker: Stefan Knirck (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory)
      • 14
        Discussion Time
    • Lunch
      • 15
        Group Photo
    • InfraBREAD & Optical Detection
      Convener: Alex Lapuente
      • 16
        Optical-grade Reflector Manufacturing (remote)
        Speaker: Gianpaolo Carosi (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
      • 17
        Optical Single Photon Detection with Skipper-CCDs
        Speaker: Brenda Aurea Cervantes Vergara
      • 18
        Discussion Time
      • 2:00 PM
    • Scaling Up BREAD
      Convener: David Miller (University of Chicago)
      • 19
        Fermilab Dark-Wave Lab: preparations for a large-scale axion facility
        Speaker: Andrew Sonnenschein (Fermilab)
      • 20
        How to detect axion dark matter … for real: Towards a mutli-M$ axion facility
        Speaker: Aaron Chou (Fermilab)
      • 21
        Large-scale NSF proposal and other opportunities
        Speaker: David Miller (University of Chicago)
      • 22
        Brainstorming / Discussion
      • 4:10 PM
    • Fun Physics
    • Social Dinner
    • InfraBREAD & Optical Detection
      • 24
        Long-Wavelength SNSPDs (likely remote)
        Speaker: Cristián Peña (Fermilab)
      • 25
        SNSPD Tests in ADR at Fermilab: Results and Plans
        Speaker: Christina Wang (California Institute of Technology)
      • 26
        Optical Characterization of Reflector Parts at Fermilab
        Speakers: Aiman Imran, Robert C. Browning
      • 27
        InfraBREAD sensitivity based on reflector characterization and SNSPD tests
        Speaker: Robert C. Browning
      • 28
        Discussion Time
      • 10:45 AM
    • Collaboration Forming
      Convener: Andrew Sonnenschein (Fermilab)
      • 29
        The point for a formal collaboration: authorship, funding, organization
      • 30
        Brainstorming / Discussion
    • Closeout
    • 12:15 PM
      Social Activity / Trip to Downtown Chicago?