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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


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The Spitzer Space Telescope (formerly SIRTF, the Space Infrared Telescope Facility) was launched into space by a Delta rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida on 25 August 2003.

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

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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
  • NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program Fellowship (1995 - 1997)
  • Nathan Sugarman Award, University of Chicago (1994)

Selected Publications
  1. "Far-Infrared Polarization by Absorption in the Molecular Cloud Sagittarius B2," C. D. Dowell, Astrophysical Journal, 487, 237 (1997)
  2. "Submillimeter Array Polarimetry with Hertz,"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)
  3. "The Far-Infrared Polarization Spectrum: First Results and Analysis," R. H. Hildebrand, J. L. Dotson, C. D. Dowell, D. A. Schleuning, & J. E. Vaillancourt, Astrophysical Journal, 516, 834 (1999)
  4. "Development of low-noise high value chromium silicide resistors for cryogenic detector applications," M. Jhabvala, S. Babu, C. Monroy, M. M. Freund, & C. D. Dowell, Cryogenics, 42, 517 (2002)
  5. "SHARC II: a Caltech Submillimeter Observatory facility camera with 384 pixels," 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)
  6. "Hale, a multi-wavelength, far-infrared polarimeter for SOFIA," C. D. Dowell, J. A. Davidson, J. L. Dotson, R. H. Hildebrand, G. Novak, T. S. Rennick, & J. E. Vaillancourt, in "Polarimetry in Astronomy," ed. S. Fineschi, Proc. SPIE, 4843, 250 (2003)
  7. "Magnetic Fields in Cool Clouds within the Central 50 Parsecs of the Galaxy," D. T. Chuss, J. A. Davidson, J. L. Dotson, C. D. Dowell, R. H. Hildebrand, G. Novak, & J. E. Vaillancourt, Astrophysical Journal, 599, 1116 (2003)
  8. "Tracing the Magnetic Field in Orion A," M. Houde, C. D. Dowell, R. H. Hildebrand, J. L. Dotson, J. E. Vaillancourt, T. G. Phillips, R. Peng, & P. Bastien, Astrophysical Journal, 604, 717 (2004)

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