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C. Darren Dowell

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Address:

4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 169-506
Pasadena, CA 91109

Phone:

818.393.5032

Fax:

818.354.8895

Member of:

Interstellar and Heliospheric Physics

Education

  • 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)

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)

Research Interests

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

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”