Abigail Vieregg

David N. Schramm Director and Senior Member, KICP
Professor, Department of Physics, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Enrico Fermi Institute, the College

Abigail Vieregg
Eckhardt Research Center
Room 429 and 499E
5640 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637


Before coming to UChicago, Prof. Vieregg received her A.B. from Dartmouth College in 2004, her Ph.D. from UCLA in 2010, and was an NSF Office of Polar Programs Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (2010-2013).


Prof. Vieregg builds radio and millimeter wave experiments and uses them for neutrino astrophysics and cosmology with the cosmic microwave background. She currently leads hardware development and analysis efforts on ARA and ANITA, which use the Antarctic ice as a target for the highest energy cosmic neutrinos. Vieregg is the PI of PUEO and RNO-G, next-generation balloon-borne and ground-based radio detectors for ultra-high energy neutrinos. She is also involved in CMB-S4, a future ground-based cosmic microwave background experiment, serving as the technical coordinator and on the executive team. Although Prof. Vieregg has won many research-related awards, the award she is most proud of is a “spherical cow award,” presented by the UChicago physics graduate students, for Best Teaching and Mentoring.

Outside of physics, she is an avid sailor and enjoys spending time with her two children, Lydia and James.

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