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C. Darren Dowell

  • B.A., Physics (Space Physics and Astronomy), cum laude, Rice University (1991)
  • M.S., Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago (1992)
  • Ph.D., Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago (1997)

Research Interests
  • Astronomical instrumentation
  • Polarimetry, as applied to studies of interstellar magnetic fields and the cosmic microwave Background
  • Far-IR detectors
  • Far-IR investigations of star formation


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.

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

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, Scientist/Research Scientist (2003 - Present)
  • California Institute of Technology, Department of Physics (1997 - 2003)
    • Sr. Postdoctoral Scholar (2000 - 2003)
    • Postdoctoral Scholar (1997 - 2000)

Selected Awards
  • JPL Voyager Award (2017)
  • NASA Team Awards (2009)
  • NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program Fellowship (1995 - 1997)

Selected Publications
  • C. D. Dowell, A. Conley, J. Glenn, et al., Astrophysical Journal, 780, 75 (2014) – “HerMES: Candidate High-redshift Galaxies Discovered with Herschel/SPIRE”
  • BICEP2 Collaboration, including C. D. Dowell, Physical Review Letters, 112, 241101 (2014) – “Detection of B-Mode Polarization at Degree Angular Scales by BICEP2”
  • H. C. Chiang, et al., including C. D. Dowell, Astrophysical Journal, 711, 1123 (2010) – “Measurement of Cosmic Microwave Background Polarization Power Spectra from Two Years of BICEP Data”
  • C. D. Dowell, et al., Proc. SPIE, 7731, 101 (2010) – “Status of the SPIRE photometer data processing pipelines during the early phases of the Herschel Mission”
  • K. Tassis, C. D. Dowell, R. H. Hildebrand, L. Kirby, & J. E. Vaillancourt, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 399, 1681 (2009) – “Statistical Assessment of Shapes and Magnetic Field Orientations in Molecular Clouds through Polarization Observations”
  • C. D. Dowell, C. A. Allen, S. Babu, M. M. Freund, M. B. Gardner, J. Groseth, M. Jhabvala, A. Kovacs, D. C. Lis, S. H. Moseley, T. G. Phillips, R. Silverberg, G. Voellmer, & H. Yoshida, in “Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors for Astronomy”, ed. T. G. Phillips & J. Zmuidzinas, Proc. SPIE, 4855, 73 (2003) – “SHARC II:  a Caltech Submillimeter Observatory facility camera with 384 pixels”
  • C. D. Dowell, R. H. Hildebrand, D. A. Schleuning, J. E. Vaillancourt, J. L. Dotson, G. Novak, T. Renbarger, & M. Houde, Astrophysical Journal, 504, 588 (1998) – “Submillimeter Array Polarimetry with Hertz”
  • C. D. Dowell, Astrophysical Journal, 487, 237 (1997) – “Far-Infrared Polarization by Absorption in the Molecular Cloud Sagittarius B2”

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