Brief BioDr. Figueroa was born and educated in Puerto Rico. After finishing his undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, he switched gears in graduate school and entered into the physics department at Stanford University. Looking for a field that would allow him to use both his physics and engineering interests, he found that astronomical instrumentation was a perfect match.
Educational BackgroundPh.D., Physics, Stanford University, 2001
Advisor: Prof. Blas Cabrera. Thesis: Theory and Development of Position-Sensitive Quantum Calorimeters
M.S., Physics, Stanford University, 1997
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, 1995
Research InterestsDr. Figueroa's research interests have been centered on the development of X-ray astronomical instrumentation. The development of Position-Sensitive Transition-Edge Sensors (PoSTs) began as his thesis project and has evolved into a main contender for future X-ray mission focal planes. He is also interested in clusters of galaxies; the interplay between X-ray observations of clusters and their Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Effect (SZE); and precision Cosmology.
Current ProjectsGeneration-X (microcalorimeter lead)
Constellation-X (main instrument design, testing and modeling)
Suzaku Observatory's XRS (calibration, analysis, and modeling)
X-ray Quantum Calorimeter rocket payload (operation, calibration, and launch)
Publications at the ADS website.