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Jason Rhodes

  • B.S., Physics,Harvey Mudd College Claremont, California (1994)
  • M.A., Physics, Princeton, New Jersey (1996)
  • Ph.D, Physics, Princeton, New Jersey (1999)

Research Interests
  • Structure and evolution of the universe
  • Weak gravitational lensing as a probe of dark matter and dark energy
  • Exoplanet direct imaging


Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope Icon Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope
The Roman Space Telescope is a NASA observatory designed to unravel the secrets of dark energy and dark matter, search for and image exoplanets, and explore many topics in infrared astrophysics.

Euclid Icon Euclid
Euclid is a mission designed to study "dark energy", the hypothesized cause of the Universe's accelerated expansion. I am a member of the NASA-funded Euclid Science Team.

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) – Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC) Icon Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) – Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC)
The LSST is a ground-based telescope in Chile that has been designed to study Dark Matter and Dark Energy. The LSST is due to begin observing in 2020.

Airships Icon Airships

NASA is considering a stratospheric airship challenge to incentivize the demonstration of a long duration scientific platform for both Earth and space sciences.

SuperBIT Icon SuperBIT
SuperBIT is a mid-latitude (launch from Wanaka, NZ) ultra-long duration balloon (ULDB), which will provide 100 days of near space-quality imaging of selected galaxy clusters to study properties of dark energy and dark matter.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California (2004 - Present)
    • Senior Research Scientist (2016 - Present)
    • Principal Scientist (2015 - Present)
    • US Euclid Deputy Project Scientist
    • JPL Deputy WFIRST Project Scientist
    • Principal Investigator for NASA 20-20-20 Airships Centennial Challenge (2013 - Present)
    • Member of the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility Keck User's Group (2016 - Present)
    • Member of the Executive Committee of NASA's Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG) (2010-2014)
    • U.S. Science lead for ESA's Euclid Mission
  • Visiting Senior Scientist, Kavli Institute for Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (IPMU), Kashiwa, Japan (2015- Present)
  • California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (2003 - Present)
    • Visiting Scholar (2004 - present)
    • Project Scientist - SuperNova Acceleration Probe (SNAP) Weak Lensing (2003 - 2004)
  • Goddard Space Flight Center, National Research Council Research Associate (2000 - 2003)
  • Princeton University, Postdoctoral Researcher (1999)

Selected Awards
  • JPL Voyager Award for Exceptional Performance (2016)
  • JPL Team Bonus Award for organizing Keck Spectroscopic program (2016)
  • JPL Explorer Award for Strategic Leadership (2012)
  • JPL Mariner Awards (2007, 2011)
  • JPL Lew Allen Award for Outstanding Young Researcher (2007)

Selected Publications
  1. Miller, Sarah H.; Fesen, Robert; Hillenbrand, Lynne; Rhodes, Jason; Baird, Gil; Blake, Geoffrey; Booth, Jeff; Carlile, David E.; Duren, Riley; Edworthy, Frederick G.; Freeze, Brent; Friedl, Randall R.; Goldsmith, Paul F.; Hall, Jeffery L.; Hoffman, Scott E.; Hovarter, Scott E.; Jensen-Clem, Rebecca M.; Jones, Ross M.; Kauffmann, Jens; Kiessling, Alina; King, Oliver G.; Konidaris, Nick; Lachenmeier, Timothy L.; Lord, Steven D.; Neu, Jessica; Quetin, Gregory R.; Ram, Alan; Sander, Stanley; Simard, Marc; Smith, Mike; Smith, Steve; Smoot, Sara; Susca, Sara; Swann, Abigail; Young, Eliot F.; Zambrano, Thomas, “Airships: A New Horizon for Science,” 2014, arXiv:1402.6706,
  2. Shapiro, C., Rowe, B., Goodsall, T., Hirata, C., Fucik, J., Rhodes, J., Seshadri, S., & Smith, R., "Weak Gravitational Lensing Systematics from Image Combination," 2013, PASP, 125, 1469.
  3. Rhodes, J., Allen, S., Benson, B.A., Chang, T., dePutter, R., Dodelson, S., Dore, O., Honscheid, K., Linder, E., Menard, B., Newman, J., Nord, B., Rozo, E.,Vallinotto, A., & Weinberg, D., "Exploiting Cross Correlations and Joint Analyses," 2015, Astroparticle Physics, 63, 42.
  4. Spergel, et al, (including Rhodes), "Wide-Field InfraRed Survey Telescope-Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets WFIRST-AFTA Final Report," 2013, arXiv: 1305:5422.
  5. Ford, J., Hildebrandt, H, Van Waerbeke, L., Leauthaud, A., Capak, P., Finuguenov, A., Tanaka, M., George, M., & Rhodes, J., "Magnification by Galaxy Group Dark Matter Halos," 2012 ApJ, 754, 143.
  6. Rhodes, J., et al., "Space-quality data from balloon-borne telescopes: the High Altitude Lensing Observatory (HALO)," 2012, Astroparticle Physics in press
  7. Mandelbaum, R., Hirata, C., Leauthaud, A., Massey, R., & Rhodes, J., "Precision simulation of ground-based lensing data using observations from space," 2012 MNRAS, 420, 1518.
  8. Vanderveld, A., Caldwell, R., & Rhodes, J., "Second-order weak lensing from modified gravity," 2011, PhRvD, 8413510.
  9. Rowe, B., Hirata, C., & Rhodes, J., " Optimal Linear Image Combination," 2011, ApJ, 741, 46.
  10. Rhodes, J., Leauthaud, A., Stoughton, C., Massey, R., Dawson, K., Kolbe, W., Roe, N., "The effects of charge transfer inefficiency (CTI) on galaxy shape measurements," 2010, PASP, 122, 439.
  11. Massey, R, Rhodes, J., et al., "Dark Matter Maps Reveal Cosmic Scaffolding, " 2007, Nature, 445, 7125, 286.
  12. Rhodes, J., et al., "The Stability of the Point Spread Function of the Advanced Camera for Surveys on the Hubble Space Telescope and Implications for Weak Gravitational Lensing, " 2007, Astrophysical Journal Supplement, 172, 203.
  13. Rhodes, J., Refregier, A., Collins, N., Gardner, J. & Hill, B. & Groth, E. J. "Measurement of Cosmic Shear with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph," ApJ, 605, 29R, 2004.
  14. Rhodes, J. & the SNAP Collaboration, "Weak Lensing from Space I: Instrumentation and Survey Strategy," Astroparticle Physics, 20, 377, 2004.
  15. Rhodes, J., Refregier, A. & Groth, E. J., "Weak Lensing Measurements: A Revisited Method and Applications to Hubble Space Telescope Images," ApJ, 536, 79, 2000.

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