Associate Professor

ENECTALI (TALI) FIGUEROA-FELICIANO, Assistant Professor of Physics

Name: Enectali Figueroa-Feliciano

Title(s): Associate Professor of Physics

Email: enectali@mit.edu

Phone: (617) 253-3097

Assistant: Thea Paneth (617) 253-3718


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Bldg. 37-602A
Cambridge, MA 02139

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Area(s) of Physics:

Astrophysics - Cosmology: X-ray - High Energy Physics

Research Interests

My research goal is to understand the building blocks of the Universe, from the fundamental particles that make up dark matter to the formation and dynamics of structure at the largest scales.

As an experimental group, we attack this problem by applying cryogenic sensor techniques to both dark matter detection and X-ray astrophysics. We are involved in underground and space-borne projects aimed at discovering the nature of dark matter, elucidating the creation and cycles of "normal" matter, and understanding their roles in the formation of the structures that make up our Universe. Our work is at the crossroads of particle physics, astrophysics, cosmology, low-temperature physics, solid-state physics, and engineering.

Biographical Sketch

Enectalí Figueroa-Feliciano received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez in 1995. He earned his masters and Ph.D. in physics at Stanford University working with professors Blas Cabrera and Arthur B. C. Walker. Upon graduation from Stanford in 2001, he became an astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He is the Principal Investigator for the Micro-X sounding rocket, and a member of: the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search collaboration, the International X-ray Observatory Instrument Working Group,  the Generation-X Mission team, and the X-ray Quantum Calorimeter sounding rocket team.

Selected Publications

  • "Position-sensitive low-temperature detectors," E. Figueroa-Feliciano. Invited review in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A , 520, pp. 496–501, 2004
  • "Search for Weakly Interacting Massive Particles with the First Five-Tower Data from the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search at the Soudan Underground Laboratory", Ahmed, Z.; Akerib, D. S.; Arrenberg, S.; Attisha, M. J.; Bailey, C. N.; Baudis, L.; Bauer, D. A.; Beaty, J.; Brink, P. L.; Bruch, T.; Bunker, R.; Burke, S.; Cabrera, B.; Caldwell, D. O.; Cooley, J.; Cushman, P.; Dejongh, F.; Dragowsky, M. R.; Duong, L.; Emes, J.; Figueroa-Feliciano, E.; Filippini, J.; Fritts, M.; Gaitskell, R. J.; Golwala, S. R.; Grant, D. R.; Hall, J.; Hennings-Yeomans, R.; Hertel, S.; Holmgren, D.; Huber, M. E.; Mahapatra, R.; Mandic, V.; McCarthy, K. A.; Mirabolfathi, N.; Nelson, H.; Novak, L.; Ogburn, R. W.; Pyle, M.; Qiu, X.; Ramberg, E.; Rau, W.; Reisetter, A.; Saab, T.; Sadoulet, B.; Sander, J.; Schmitt, R.; Schnee, R. W.; Seitz, D. N.; Serfass, B.; Sirois, A.; Sundqvist, K. M.; Tarka, M.; Tomada, A.; Wang, G.; Yellin, S.; Yoo, J.; Young, B. A., Physical Review Letters, 102, pp. 011301, 2009.
  • "Progress on the Micro-X rocket payload", E. Figueroa-Feliciano, P. Wikus, J. S. Adams, S. R. Bandler, M. Bautz, K. Boyce, G. Brown, S. Deiker, W. B. Doriese, K. Flanagan, M. Galeazzi, G. C. Hilton, U. Hwang, K. D. Irwin, T. Kallman, R. L. Kelley, C. A. Kilbourne, S. Kissel, S. W. Leman, A. Levine, M. Loewenstein, D. Martinez-Galarce, D. McCammon, R. Mushotzky, R. Petre, F. S. Porter, C. D. Reistema, J. M. Rutherford, T. Saab, P. Serlemitsos, N. Schulz, R. Smith, J. N. Ullom, Proc. SPIE, 7011, 2008. DOI: 10.1117/12.789904
  • "Complex microcalorimeter models and their application to position-sensitive detectors", E. Figueroa-Feliciano, Journal of Applied Physics, 99, pp. 114513, 2006.
  • "Cryogenic Microcalorimeters," M. Galeazzi and E. Figueroa-Feliciano. Contributed chapter in X-ray Spectrometry: Recent Technological Advances , John Wiley & Sons, 2004.
  • "A high spectral resolution observation of the soft x-ray diffuse background with thermal detectors," D. McCammon, R. Almy, E. Apodaca, W. Bergmann Tiest, W. Cui, S. Deiker, M. Galeazzi, M. Juda, A. Lesser, T. Mihara, J. P. Morgenthaler, W. T. Sanders, J. Zhang, E. Figueroa-Feliciano, R. L. Kelley, S. H. Moseley, R. F. Mushotzky, F. S. Porter, C. K. Stahle, and A. E. Szymkowiak. Astrophysical Journal , 576 , pp. 188–203, 2002.

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