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Reinier Janssen combines the study of active galactic nuclei (AGN) and their effect on galaxy evolution with the development of novel instrumentation based on superconducting detectors.
Reinier obtained his PhD at Delft, University of Technology, where he developed Kinetic Inductance Detectors made from NbTiN and Al and was the first to show photon noise limited performance at astronomically relevant loading. In addition, he identified an unusual population of radio-loud optically-quiet AGN in actively star forming galaxies. After his PhD, Reinier did a 2-year post-doc at the Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale in Paris where he led an observational campaign using optical and mm-wave observations to study this population in detail. In parallel, he developed a system to test the effect of high-energy particles on new cryogenic detector technologies.
Since January 2019 Reinier has been at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, first as a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow and now as a Scientist. He is leading the development of the focal plane arrays for the Terahertz Intensity Mapper balloon mission and contributing to the development of the focal planes for the PRIMA Probe-class mission concept.
JPL Postdoc Research Day – Best Poster Award (2021)
NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship (2018)