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Brendan Crill

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 321-100

Pasadena, CA 91109





Curriculum Vitae:

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Origin of the Universe

Deputy Program Chief Technologist, NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program


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

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)

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

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).