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Curriculum Vitae:

Brendan Crill
Deputy Program Chief Technologist, NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program

  • PhD, Physics, California Institute of Technology (2001)
  • Sc.B., Physics, Brown University (1995)

Research Interests
  • Astronomical Instrumentation
  • Far-IR detectors
  • Cosmology with Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) anisotropies and polarization.
  • Algorithm development for analysis of CMB data sets
  • Technology for Direct Imaging of exoplanets


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

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Planck is the first European mission to study the birth of the Universe. Planck was launched on May 14, 2009.

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Spider is a balloon borne observatory designed to probe the epoch of Inflation through measurements of the CMB polarization on the largest angular scales.

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.

SPHEREx will conduct an all-sky spectral survey in the near-infrared.

Professional Experience
  • Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2008)
  • Visiting Astronomy Professor, University of Toronto (2007-2008)
  • Scientist, Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, Caltech (2004-2007)
  • Physics Professor, California State University Dominguez Hills (2002-2004)

Selected Publications
  1. Planck High Frequency Instrument Core Team, Planck Early Results: Assessment of the High Frequency Instrument in-flight performance. Astronomy and Astrophysics 536 A4 (2011).
  2. Planck High Frequency Instrument Core Team, Planck Early Results: The High Frequency Instrument Data Processing} Astronomy and Astrophysics 536 A6 (2011).
  3. Planck Collaboration, Planck Early Results: The Planck mission. Astronomy and Astrophysics 536 A1 (2011).
  4. Planck Collaboration, Planck Early Results: The Thermal Performance of Planck, Astronomy and Astrophysics 536 A2 (2011).
  5. J-M Lamarre et al. Planck pre-launch status: the HFI instrument, from specification to actual performance, Astronomy and Astrophysics 520:A9 (2010).
  6. K Huffenberger, BP Crill, AE Lange, KM Gorski, CR Lawrence, Measuring Planck beams with planets, Astronomy and Astrophysics 510:A58 (2010).
  7. WH Holmes, Bock, James J.; Crill, Brendan P.; Koch, Timothy C.; Jones, William C.; Lange, Andrew E.; Paine, Christopher G. Initial test results on bolometers for the Planck high frequency instrument, Applied Optics 47: 5996 (2008).
  8. WC Jones, Montroy, T. E.; Crill, B. P.; Contaldi, C. R.; Kisner, T. S.; Lange, A. E.; MacTavish, C. J.; Netterfield, C. B.; Ruhl, J. E. Instrumental and Analytic Methods of Bolometric Polarimetry. Astronomy and Astrophysics 470:771 (2007).
  9. CJ MacTavish et al. Cosmological Parameters from the 2003 flight of BOOMERANG, Astrophysical Journal 347: 799 (2006).
  10. BP Crill et al. A Balloon-borne Millimeter Wave Telescope and Total Power Receiver for Mapping Anisotropy in the Cosmic Microwave Background. Astrophysical Journal Supplemental 148:2 (2003).
  11. E Hivon, KM Gorski, CB Netterfield, BP Crill, S Prunet, F Hansen. MASTER of the CMB Anisotropy Power Spectrum: A Fast Method for Statistical Analysis of Large and Complex CMB Data Sets. Astrophysical Journal 567: 1 (2002).
  12. P de Bernardis et al. A flat Universe from high-resolution maps of the cosmic microwave background radiation. Nature 404, 955: (2000).
  13. Crill, B. P. & Siegler, N. Space technology for directly imaging and characterizing exo-Earths  in Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series 10398  (2017)
  14. BICEP2/Keck and Planck Collaborations. Joint Analysis of BICEP2/KeckArray  and Planck  Data. Phys. Rev. Lett. 114,  101301 (2015).

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