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Barth Netterfield Astrophysicist

Barth Netterfield’s group is involved in measurements of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) and in new measurements of the sub-mm sky. He specializes in balloon-borne astrophysics observation, and has worked with the BOOMERANG, BLAST, and Spider experiments


Recipient of the Royal Society of Canada Rutherford Memorial Medal, 2009.

NSERC Steacie Fellowship, 2008.

Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2001.

Relevant Publications

E. Hivon et al, "MASTER of the Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropy Power Spectrum: A Fast Method for Statistical Analysis of Large and Complex Cosmic Microwave Background Data Sets," Astrophys. J., vol. 567, no. 1, pp. 2, 2002.



Senior Fellow Gravity & the Extreme Universe


University of TorontoDepartment of Physics and Astronomy


PhD (Physics) Princeton University

BS (Physics) Bethel College



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