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Leonidas Moustakas
Section Manager

  • PhD., Astrophysics, UC Berkeley (1998)
  • M.S., Astronomy, UC Berkeley (1994)
  • B.S., Astronomy, University of Arizona (1991)
  • B.S., Physics, University of Arizona (1991)

Research Interests
  • The nature of dark matter
  • Galaxy formation and evolution
  • Time domain astrophysics


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.

The Large ultraviolet, optical, infrared (LUVOIR) study is one of four flagship-scale missions being explored in advance of the 2020 astrophysics decadal.

Euclid Icon Euclid
Euclid is a mission designed to study "dark energy", the hypothesized cause of the Universe's accelerated expansion.

OMEGA Explorer Icon OMEGA Explorer
Using strong lensing to study the nature of Dark Matter

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Astrophysics & Space Sciences Section
    • Section Manager (2013 - present)
    • Research Scientist (2006 - present)
    • Scientist (2005-2006)
  • Space Telescope Science Institute, Postdoc with the Spitzer/GOODS-Legacy project (2002-2005)
  • University of Oxford, UK, Postdoc with the Observational Cosmology Group (1999-2002)

Selected Publications
  1. Sayers, J., et. al, "A Measurement of the Kinetic Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Signal Toward MACS J0717.5+3745", APJ ApJ 778 52 doi:10.1088/0004-637X/778/1/52 (2013).
  2. Benson, Andrew J.; Farahi, Arya; Cole, Shaun; Moustakas, Leonidas A., et. al., "Dark matter halo merger histories beyond cold dark matter - I. Methods and application to warm dark matter", MNRAS Volume 428, Issue 2 Pp. 1774-1789 (2013).
  3. Coe, Dan, et. al., CLASH: Three Strongly Lensed Images of a Candidate z ≈ 11 Galaxy", ApJ 762 32 doi:10.1088/0004-637X/762/1/32 (2013).
  4. Zheng, Wei, et. al., "A magnified young galaxy from about 500 million years after the Big Bang", Nature 489, 7416, 406, doi:10.1038/nature11446 (2012)
  5. Postman, Marc, et. al., " A Brightest Cluster Galaxy with an Extremely Large Flat Core", ApJ 756 159 doi:10.1088/0004-637X/756/2/159 (2012).
  6. Postman, Marc, et. al., The Cluster Lensing and Supernova Survey with Hubble: An Overview", ApJS 199 25 doi:10.1088/0067-0049/199/2/25 (2012).
  7. Koekemoer, Anton M., et. al., "CANDELS: The Cosmic Assembly Near-infrared Deep Extragalactic Legacy Survey - Hubble Space Telescope Observations, Imaging Data Products, and Mosaics", ApJS 197 36 doi:10.1088/0067-0049/197/2/36 (2011).
  8. Auger, M. W.; Treu, T.; Bolton, A. S.; Gavazzi, R.; Koopmans, L. V. E.; Marshall, P. J.; Moustakas, L. A.; Burles, S., "The Sloan Lens ACS Survey. X. Stellar, Dynamical, and Total Mass Correlations of Massive Early-type Galaxies", ApJ 724 511 doi:10.1088/0004-637X/724/1/511 (2010).
  9. Comerford, Julia M.; Moustakas, Leonidas A.; Natarajan, Priyamvada, "Observed Scaling Relations for Strong Lensing Clusters: Consequences for Cosmology and Cluster Assembly", ApJ 715 162 doi:10.1088/0004-637X/715/1/162 (2010).
  10. Coe, Dan; Moustakas, Leonidas A., "Cosmological Constraints from Gravitational Lens Time Delays", ApJ 706 45 doi:10.1088/0004-637X/706/1/45 (2009).
  11. Keeton, Charles R.; Moustakas, Leonidas A., "A New Channel for Detecting Dark Matter Substructure in Galaxies: Gravitational Lens Time Delays", ApJ 699 1720 doi:10.1088/0004-637X/699/2/1720 (2009).
  12. Frost, Mark I.; Surace, Jason; Moustakas, Leonidas A.; Krick, Jessica, "A Pilot Search for Population III Supernova Candidates in the Spitzer/IRAC Dark Field", ApJ 698 L68 doi:10.1088/0004-637X/698/1/L68 (2009).
  13. Marshall, Philip J.; Hogg, David W.; Moustakas, Leonidas A.; Fassnacht, Christopher D.; Bradač, Maruša; Schrabback, Tim; Blandford, Roger D., "Automated Detection of Galaxy-Scale Gravitational Lenses in High-Resolution Imaging Data", ApJ 694 924 doi:10.1088/0004-637X/694/2/924 (2009).
  14. Eisenhardt, Peter R. M., et. al., "Clusters of Galaxies in the First Half of the Universe from the IRAC Shallow Survey", ApJ 684 905 doi:10.1086/590105 (2008).
  15. Moustakas, Leonidas A., et. al., "The Observatory for Multi-Epoch Gravitational Lens Astrophysics (OMEGA)", Proc. SPIE 7010, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 70101B; doi:10.1117/12.789987 (2008).
  16. Brodwin, M.; Gonzalez, A. H.; Moustakas, L. A.; Eisenhardt, P. R.; Stanford, S. A.; Stern, D.; Brown, M. J. I., "Galaxy Cluster Correlation Function to z~1.5 in the IRAC Shallow Cluster Survey", ApJ 671 L93 doi:10.1086/525558 (2007).
  17. Bolton, Adam S.; Burles, Scott; Treu, Tommaso; Koopmans, Léon V. E.; Moustakas, Leonidas A., "A More Fundamental Plane", ApJ 665 L105 doi:10.1086/521357 (2007).
  18. Moustakas, Leonidas A., et. al., "A Strong-Lens Survey in AEGIS: The Influence of Large-Scale Structure", ApJ 660 L31 doi:10.1086/517930 (2007).

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