Prof. Joaquin D. Vieira

Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy and the Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Affiliate, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

Contact Info:

Illinois astro, physics, and research group webpages

Midwest Coordinates:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department of Astronomy, MC-221
1002 W. Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801

Office: Astronomy building, 229
Office Phone: +1 217 244 6795

Virtual Coordinates:

Scientific Interests:

observational cosmology
extragalactic backgrounds and fluctuations
sub/mm instrumentation
galaxy evolution
stuff at high redshift
submm spectroscopy
large scale structure
gravitational lensing
epoch of reionization
SZ surveys
the beginning
early life

Projects I work on:

South Pole Telescope
Herschel-SPIRE and HerMES
Origins Space Telescope (formerly Far-Infared Surveyor)

SPT Strongly Lensed Dusty Star Forming Galaxies:



CV - long version
Publication list
PhD thesis from 2009

Author profile from INSPIRE

A vaguely recent talk (heavily redacted):
Nov 2012


Detecting Dark Matter with ALMA (April 2016):

Sky and Telescope

First light with ALMA (April 2014):

National Geographic

First CMB B-mode detection with SPT and Herschel (~Oct 2013):
Astronomy Magazine
Daily Galaxy
Space Daily
ESA (short)
ESA (long)

First redshift survey with ALMA (~March 2013):

Smithsonian Air & Space
LA Times
Discovery Magazine
Science Daily
Universe Today
Kavli Spotlight
U. Chicago

Building the South Pole Telescope:

LA Times March 2008
Chicago Tribune Dec 2007


News-Gazette interview October 2016
The 21st radio interview April 2016
Kavli Institute Spotlight video interview March 2013
AstroMcGill podcast audio interview Sept 2012
Encyclopedia Show video interview June 2012

Outreach and public talks:

Saturday Physics for Everyone video September 2015
Astronomy on Tap in the News-Gazette February 2016
Astronomy on Tap in Smile Politely March 2016


The Ultimate Geek Flattery (see the white board)
Think you have what it takes to winter-over at the South Pole? Take this simple test!
Google street view of South Pole Telescope


SPT SMG Research Group page
Illinois Observational Cosmology Laboratory page
Illinois Astro Faculty Profile
Illinois Physics Faculty Profile
Illinois Department of Astronomy
Illinois Department of Physics

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