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Leonidas Moustakas
Section Manager

Education
  • 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
  • Member of the NASA Astrophysics Advisory Committee (APAC)
  • The nature of dark matter
  • Galaxy formation and evolution
  • Time domain astrophysics

Projects

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.

LUVOIR Icon LUVOIR
The Large ultraviolet, optical, infrared (LUVOIR) study is one of four flagship-scale missions being explored in advance of the 2020 astrophysics decadal. I am a member of the Science and Technology Definition Team.

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.

OMEGA Explorer Icon OMEGA Explorer
Using strong lensing to study the nature of Dark Matter. I am the Principal Investigator of the OMEGA mission concept.


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. Moustakas, L.A. 2017, Nature Astronomy, "Tuning pulsars to listen in on massive galaxies," http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2017NatAs...1..825M
  2. Cyr-Racine, F.-Y., Moustakas, L.A., et al. 2016, Physical Reviews D, "Dark census: Statistically detecting the satellite populations of distant galaxies," http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2016PhRvD..94d3505C
  3. Merten, J. et al. 2015, Astrophysical Journal, "CLASH: The Concentration-Mass Relation of Galaxy Clusters," http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015ApJ...806....4M
  4. Pullen, A.R. et al. 2014, Astrophysical Journal, "Nonlinear Evolution of Dark Matter Subhalos and Applications to Warm Dark Matter," http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014ApJ...792...24P
  5. Patel, B. et al. 2014, Astrophysical Journal, "Three Gravitationally Lensed Supernovae behind CLASH Galaxy Clusters," http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014ApJ...786....9P
  6. Keeton, C.R. and Moustakas, L.A. 2009, Astrophysical Journal, "A New Channel for Detecting Dark Matter Substructure in Galaxies: Gravitational Lens Time Delays,"http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2009ApJ...699.1720K
  7. Moustakas, L.A. et al. 2007, Astrophysical Journal Letters, "A Strong-Lens Survey in AEGIS: The Influence of Large-Scale Structure,"http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2007ApJ...660L..31M
  8. Moustakas, L.A. and Metcalf, R.B. 2003, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, "Detecting dark matter substructure spectroscopically in strong gravitational lenses,"http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2003MNRAS.339..607M
  9. Moustakas, L.A. and Somerville, R.S. 2002, Astrophysical Journal, "The Masses, Ancestors, and Descendants of Extremely Red Objects: Constraints from Spatial Clustering," http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2002ApJ...577....1M
  10. Moustakas, L.A. et al. 1997, Astrophysical Journal, "Colors and K-Band Counts of Extremely Faint Field Galaxies," http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1997ApJ...475..445M

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