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Jason Rhodes

  • B.S., Physics,Harvey Mudd College Claremont, California (1994)
  • M.A., Physics, Princeton, New Jersey (1996)
  • Ph.D, Physics, Princeton, New Jersey (1999)

Research Interests
  • Structure and evolution of the universe
  • Weak gravitational lensing as a probe of dark matter and dark energy


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Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California (2004 - Present)
    • Principal Scientist (2015 - Present)
    • US Euclid Deputy Project Scientist (2013 - Present)
    • JPL Deputy WFIRST Project Scientist (2015- Present)
    • Principal Investigator for NASA 20-20-20 Airships Centennial Challenge (2013 - Present)
    • Member of the Executive Committee of NASA's Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG) (2010-2014)
    • Member of the WFIRST-AFTA Science Definition Team
    • U.S. Science lead for ESA's Euclid Mission
  • California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (2003 - Present)
    • Visiting Scholar (2004 - present)
    • Project Scientist - SuperNova Acceleration Probe (SNAP) Weak Lensing (2003 - 2004)
  • Goddard Space Flight Center, National Research Council Research Associate (2000 - 2003)
  • Princeton University, Postdoctoral Researcher (1999)

Selected Awards
  • JPL Explorer Award for Strategic Leadership (2012)
  • JPL Mariner Awards (2007, 2011)
  • JPL Lew Allen Award for Outstanding Young Researcher (2007)

Selected Publications
  1. Miller, Sarah H.; Fesen, Robert; Hillenbrand, Lynne; Rhodes, Jason; Baird, Gil; Blake, Geoffrey; Booth, Jeff; Carlile, David E.; Duren, Riley; Edworthy, Frederick G.; Freeze, Brent; Friedl, Randall R.; Goldsmith, Paul F.; Hall, Jeffery L.; Hoffman, Scott E.; Hovarter, Scott E.; Jensen-Clem, Rebecca M.; Jones, Ross M.; Kauffmann, Jens; Kiessling, Alina; King, Oliver G.; Konidaris, Nick; Lachenmeier, Timothy L.; Lord, Steven D.; Neu, Jessica; Quetin, Gregory R.; Ram, Alan; Sander, Stanley; Simard, Marc; Smith, Mike; Smith, Steve; Smoot, Sara; Susca, Sara; Swann, Abigail; Young, Eliot F.; Zambrano, Thomas, “Airships: A New Horizon for Science,” 2014, arXiv:1402.6706,
  2. Shapiro, C., Rowe, B., Goodsall, T., Hirata, C., Fucik, J., Rhodes, J., Seshadri, S., & Smith, R., "Weak Gravitational Lensing Systematics from Image Combination," 2013, PASP, 125, 1469.
  3. Rhodes, J., Allen, S., Benson, B.A., Chang, T., dePutter, R., Dodelson, S., Dore, O., Honscheid, K., Linder, E., Menard, B., Newman, J., Nord, B., Rozo, E.,Vallinotto, A., & Weinberg, D., "Exploiting Cross Correlations and Joint Analyses," 2015, Astroparticle Physics, 63, 42.
  4. Spergel, et al, (including Rhodes), "Wide-Field InfraRed Survey Telescope-Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets WFIRST-AFTA Final Report," 2013, arXiv: 1305:5422.
  5. Ford, J., Hildebrandt, H, Van Waerbeke, L., Leauthaud, A., Capak, P., Finuguenov, A., Tanaka, M., George, M., & Rhodes, J., "Magnification by Galaxy Group Dark Matter Halos," 2012 ApJ, 754, 143.
  6. Rhodes, J., et al., "Space-quality data from balloon-borne telescopes: the High Altitude Lensing Observatory (HALO)," 2012, Astroparticle Physics in press
  7. Mandelbaum, R., Hirata, C., Leauthaud, A., Massey, R., & Rhodes, J., "Precision simulation of ground-based lensing data using observations from space," 2012 MNRAS, 420, 1518.
  8. Vanderveld, A., Caldwell, R., & Rhodes, J., "Second-order weak lensing from modified gravity," 2011, PhRvD, 8413510.
  9. Rowe, B., Hirata, C., & Rhodes, J., " Optimal Linear Image Combination," 2011, ApJ, 741, 46.
  10. Rhodes, J., Leauthaud, A., Stoughton, C., Massey, R., Dawson, K., Kolbe, W., Roe, N., "The effects of charge transfer inefficiency (CTI) on galaxy shape measurements," 2010, PASP, 122, 439.
  11. Massey, R, Rhodes, J., et al., "Dark Matter Maps Reveal Cosmic Scaffolding, " 2007, Nature, 445, 7125, 286.
  12. Rhodes, J., et al., "The Stability of the Point Spread Function of the Advanced Camera for Surveys on the Hubble Space Telescope and Implications for Weak Gravitational Lensing, " 2007, Astrophysical Journal Supplement, 172, 203.
  13. Rhodes, J., Refregier, A., Collins, N., Gardner, J. & Hill, B. & Groth, E. J. "Measurement of Cosmic Shear with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph," ApJ, 605, 29R, 2004.
  14. Rhodes, J. & the SNAP Collaboration, "Weak Lensing from Space I: Instrumentation and Survey Strategy," Astroparticle Physics, 20, 377, 2004.
  15. Rhodes, J., Refregier, A. & Groth, E. J., "Weak Lensing Measurements: A Revisited Method and Applications to Hubble Space Telescope Images," ApJ, 536, 79, 2000.

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