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Alina Kiessling

Alina Kiessling is a JPL Research Scientist investigating dark matter and dark energy through weak lensing analysis of N-body simulations. She is a member of Euclid and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Dark Energy Science Collaboration (LSST-DESC) and was a consultant on the WFIRST-AFTA Science Definition Reports. Additionally, she is co-leading the development of the 20-20-20 Airships NASA Centennial Challenge to develop stratospheric airships, with the expectation that these will become low-cost platforms for the astrophysics (and Earth science) missions of the future.

  • Ph.D. Astrophysics, University of Edinburgh, UK (2011)
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Space Science, LaTrobe University, Australia (2004)

Research Interests
  • Weak Gravitational Lensing
  • Cosmology
  • N-Body Simulations


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

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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.

Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) Icon Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST)
The Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) is a NASA observatory designed to perform wide-field imaging and surveys of the near infrared (NIR) sky.

Professional Experience
  • Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2014 – present)
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2012 - 2014)
  • Postdoctoral fellow, University of Edinburgh (2011)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Astrophysics Theory Program (ATP) (2014 - 2017)
  • JPL Outstanding Postdoc Research Award for Astrophysics and Space Science (2012)
  • Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher Fellowship (2007 - 2010)

Selected Publications
  1. Kitching, T. D.; Heavens, A. F.; Alsing, J.; Erben, T.; Heymans, C.; Hildebrandt, H.; Hoekstra, H.; Jaffe, A.; Kiessling, A.; Mellier, Y.; Miller, L.; van Waerbeke, L.; Benjamin, J.; Coupon, J.; Fu, L.; Hudson, M. J.; Kilbinger, M.; Kuijken, K.; Rowe, B. T. P.; Schrabback, T.; Semboloni, E.; Velander, M, "3D cosmic shear: cosmology from CFHTLenS”, 2014, MNRAS, 442, 1326.
  2. Miller, S. H. et al (including Kiessling, A.), “Airships: A New Horizon for Science,” 2014, arXiv:1402.6706,
  3. Spergel, D. et al (including Kiessling, A.), "WFIRST-2.4: What Every Astronomer Should Know", 2013, arXiv:1305.5425
  4. Spregel, D. et al (including Kiessling, A.), "Wide-Field InfraRed Survey Telescope - Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets WFIRST-AFTA Final Report", 2013, arXiv:1305.5422
  5. Jullo, E., Rhodes, J., Kiessling, A., Taylor, J. E., Massey, R., Berge, J., Schimd, C., Kneib, J., Scoville, N., "COSMOS: Stochastic Bias Measurements of Weak Lensing and Galaxy Clustering", 2012, ApJ, 750, 37
  6. Joachimi, B., Taylor, A. N., Kiessling, A., "Cosmological information in Gaussianized weak lensing signals", 2011, MNRAS, 418, 145
  7. Kiessling, A., Taylor, A. N., Heavens, A. F., "Simulating the effect of non-linear mode coupling in cosmological parameter estimation", 2011, MNRAS, 416, 1045
  8. Kiessling, A., Heavens, A. F., Taylor, A. N., Joachimi, B., "SUNGLASS: A New Weak Lensing Simulations Pipeline", 2011, MNRAS, 414, 2235
  9. Laureijs, R., et al (including Kiessling, A.), "Euclid Definition Study Report", 2011, arXiv:1110.3193
  10. Kitching, T., et al (including Kiessling, A.), "Gravitational Lensing Accuracy Testing 2010 (GREAT10) Challenge Handbook", 2010, arXiv:1009.0779

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