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James Bock

  • B.S. in Physics and Mathematics, Summa cum laude - Duke University (1987)
  • M.A. Physics, University of California at Berkeley (1990)
  • Ph.D. Physics, University of California at Berkeley (1994)

Research Interests
  • Infrared/millimeter-wave detectors and instrumentation
  • Far-infrared galaxy photometric and spectroscopic surveys
  • Cosmic microwave background anisotropy and polarization
  • Sunyaev-Zel'dovich cluster surveys


Boomerang Icon Boomerang
The continuing mission of the Boomerang project is to study the properties of the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation (CMBR).

Herschel Icon Herschel
The Herschel Space Observatory is a space-based telescope that studies the Universe in the light of the far-infrared and submillimeter portions of the spectrum.

Spider Icon Spider
Spider is a balloon borne observatory designed to probe the epoch of Inflation through measurements of the CMB polarization on the largest angular scales. Large format planar arrays and wide area sky coverage enable a definitive measurement of the signatu

BICEP (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization) is an experiment designed to measure the polarization of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) to unprecedented precision.

Z-Spec Icon Z-Spec
Z-Spec is a novel millimeter-wave grating spectrometer for observing galaxies throughout cosmic time.

BICEP3 will provide the most sensitive map of the CMB & polarized foregrounds at 95 GHz at the spatial scales where the imprint of primordial Inflation may be found. It is supported by The Office of the Chief Scientist & Chief Technologist.

BICEP2 / Keck Array Icon BICEP2 / Keck Array
BICEP2 and Keck Array follow BICEP and probe more deeply in the polarization of the CMB.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1994 - Present)
    • Principal Scientist (2002 - Present)
    • Research Scientist (1999 - 2002)
    • Scientist (1996 - 1999)
    • Postdoctoral Scholar (1994 - 1996)
  • California Institute of Technology, Visiting Faculty (1994 - Present)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Group Achievement Award Planck Data Analysis and Operations Support Team (2011)
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, JPL (2001)
  • Exceptional Technical Excellence Award, JPL (2001)
  • NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, JPL (2000)
  • Lew Allen Award, JPL (2000)
  • US PI, SPIRE Herschel Space Observatory, JPL (1997)
  • Co-I Planck Surveyor HFI, JPL (1997)
  • NASA GSRP Fellow, U. C. Berkeley (1991-1994)
  • NSF Graduate Fellow, U.C. Berkeley (1988-1991)
  • University Fellow, U.C. Berkeley (1987-1988)
  • Julia Dale Prize in Mathematics, Duke University (1987)

Selected Publications
  • J. E. Ruhl et al. (2002), "Improved Measurement of the Angular Power Spectrum of Temperature Anisotropy in the CMB from Two New Analyses of BOOMERanG Observations," astro-ph 0212229.
  • M.J. Griffin, J.J. Bock, and W.J. Gear (2002), "The Relative Performance of Filled and Feedhorn-Coupled Focal-Plane Architectures," Applied Optics, in press.
  • A. D. Turner et al. (2001), "Si3N4 Micromesh Bolometer Array for Sub-millimeter Astrophysics," Applied Optics, 40, 4921.
  • J.J. Bock, G. Neugebauer, K. Matthews, B.T. Soifer, E.E. Becklin, M.E. Ressler, K. Marsh, M.W. Werner, E Egami, and R. Blanford (2000), "High Spatial Resolution Imaging of NGC 1068 in the Mid-Infrared," Astronomical Journal, 120, 2904.
  • J.-M. Lamarre et al. (2000), "The High Frequency Instrument of Planck: Design and Performances," Astrophysical Letters and Comm., 37, 161.

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