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Shanshan Yu

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Pasadena, CA 91109





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Dr. Shanshan Yu's specialty is molecular spectroscopy focused on composition of Earth's atmosphere, planetary atmospheres and the interstellar medium. Her graduate study was mainly on ions and radicals, equipping her with experience in analyzing complex spectra with strong perturbations. She came to JPL as a NPP postdoc in 2008 and became an employee in 2010. As Member of several teams including (1) JPL Molecular Spectroscopy Team; (2) OCO-2 ABSCO Team; (3) OCO-2 and OCO-3 Instrument Calibration Team; (4) Herschel/HIFI Instrument Team; (5) Herschel observations of EXtra-Ordinary Sources (HEXOS) Team; (6) PRobing InsterStellar Molecules with Absorption line Studies (PRISMAS) Team, she has been responsible for (a) providing molecular line parameters for Aura/MLS, OCO-2 and Herschel/HIFI; (b) providing calibration support to OCO-2, OCO-3 and Herschel/HIFI; (c) analyzing Herschel/HIFI's observations. In 2017 she was funded under ROSES/PICASSO to develop the ChiralSpec instrument for studying the "Ocean Worlds" of the outer Solar System (e.g., Enceladus, Europa, and Titan).


  • B.Eng. Optoelectronics, Physics Department, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, (2000)
  • M.Sc. Optics, Physics Department, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, (2003)
  • Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, Chemistry Department, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, (2007)

Professional Experience

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2008-present)
    • NASA Postdoctoral Program Scholar, Earth Science section (2008-2009)
    • Research Scientist, Earth Science section (2010-2021)
    • Program Manager, Planetary Instrument Research and Technology Office (2020-present)
    • Discipline Program Manager (DPM) for PICASSO, Planetary Instrument Concepts for the Advancement of Solar System Observations (2020-Present)
    • DPM for PSTAR, Planetary Science and Technology Through Analog Research (2020-Present)
    • DPM for MatISSE, Maturation of Instruments for Solar System Exploration (2021-Present)
    • DPM for DALI, Development and Advancement of Lunar Instrumentation Program (2021-Present)
    • DPM for ICEE2, Instrument Concepts for Europa Exploration 2 (2021-Present)
    • Research Scientist, Planetary Science Section (2021-Present)
  • University of Waterloo (2003-2007)
    • Graduate Research Assistant and Postdoc
  • East China Normal University (2000-2003)
    • Graduate Research Assistant

Research Interests

  • THz-IR-Vis-UV spectroscopy of molecules important in Earth's atmosphere, planetary atmospheres and the interstellar medium; PI for the following tasks
    • ROSES/APRA (2013-2016), "Study of NH3 line intensities in the THz and Far-IR region"
    • JPL/R&TD (2016), "Laboratory measurements to enable advances in remote sensing of near-surface CH4 concentrations"
    • JPL/R&TD (2013), "Development of a novel apparatus for simulating the interstellar medium"
  • Instrumentation for measurements of atmospheric composition of Earth and the planets
    • PI: ROSES/PICASSO (2017-2020), "Mllimeter-wave spectrometer for chirality and relative abundance determination of amino acid biomarkers (ChiralSpec)"

Selected Awards

  • OCO-3 Science Team Award, JPL Earth Science and Technology directorate (2021)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award to OCO-3 Project System Engineering team (2020)
  • Voyager Award, JPL Planetary Science directorate (2020)
  • OCO-3 Integration & Test Team Award, JPL Earth Science and Technology directorate (2019)
  • Voyager Award, JPL Planetary Science directorate (2017)
  • Voyager Award, JPL Science Division (2015)
  • Guest Editor, Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy (2015-present)
  • Flygare Award, International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy (2015)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award to U.S. Herschel HIFI Instrument Team (2014)
  • Peer Reviewing Excellence by Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy (2014)
  • Editorial Board: Journal of Molecular spectroscopy (2013-present)
  • JQSRT Young Scientist Awards (2010)
  • NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2007-2009)
  • University of Waterloo, Chemistry Department, F.W. Karasek Scholarship (2007)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2006-2007)
  • The University of Waterloo President's Graduate Scholarship (2006-2007)
  • University of Waterloo, Chemistry Department, H.G. McLeod Scholarship (2006)
  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad (2005)

Selected Publications

  1. J. Pearson, B.J. Drouin and S. Yu, “Instrumentation for THz spectroscopy in the laboratory and in space”, IEEE Journal of Microwaves, 1, 43 (2021).
  2. T. E. Taylor, A. Eldering, A. Merrelli, M.Kiel, P. Somkuti, C. Cheng, R. Rosenberg, B. Fisher, D. Crisp, R. Basilio, M. Bennett, D. Cervantes, A. Chang, L. Dang, C. Frankenberg, V. R. Haemmerle, G. R. Keller, T. Kurosu, J. L. Laughner, R. Lee, Y. Marchetti, R. R. Nelson, C. W. O'Dell, G. Osterman, R. Pavlick, C. Roehl, R. Schneider, G. Spier, C. To, C. Wells, P. O. Wennberg, A. Yelamanchili, S. Yu, “OCO-3 early mission operations and initial (vEarly) XCO2 and SIF retrievals”, Remote Sensing of Environment 251, 112032 (2020).
  3. S. Yu, R. Rosenberg, C. Bruegge, L. Chapsky, D. Fu, R. Lee, T. Taylor, H. Cronk, C. O’Dell, A. Angal, J. Xiong, D. Crisp, and A. Eldering, “Stability Assessment of OCO-2 Radiometric Calibration Using Aqua MODIS as a Reference”, Remote Sensing 12, 1269 (2020).
  4. D. Fu, D.B. Millet, K.C. Wells, V.H. Payne, S. Yu, A. Guenther, A. Eldering, “Direct retrieval of isoprene from satellite-based infrared measurements”, Nature Communications, 10, 3811 (2019).
  5. F. P.A. Vogt, F. Kerber, A. Mehner, S. Yu, T. Pfrommer, G.e Lo Curto, P. Figueira, D. Parraguez, “Rotational and ro-vibrational Raman spectroscopy of air to calibrate astronomical spectrographs”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 123, 061101 (2019).
  6. S. Yu, J.C. Pearson, T. Amano and F. Matsushima, “THz spectroscopy of D2H+”, J. Mol. Spectrosco. 331, 6 (2017).
  7. I. E. Gordona, L.S. Rothman, C. Hill, R.V.Kochanov, Y. Tan, P.F. Bernath, M. Birk, V. Boudon, A. Campargue, K.V. Chance, B.J. Drouin, J.-M. Flaud, R.R. Gamache, J.T. Hodges, D. Jacquemart, V.I. Perevalov, A. Perrin, K.P. Shine, M.-A.H. Smith, J. Tennyson, G.C. Toon, H. Tran, V.G. Tyuterev, A. Barbe, A. Csaszar, M.V. Devi, T. Furtenbacher, J.J. Harrison, A. Jolly, T. Johnson, T. Karman, I. Kleiner, A.A. Kyuberis, J. Loos, O. M. Lyulin, S. T. Massie, S.N. Mikhailenko, N. Moazzen-Ahmadi, H.S.P. Müller, O.V. Naumenko, A.V. Nikitin, O.L. Polyansky, M. Rey, M. Rotger, S. Sharpe, K. Sung, E. Starikova, S.A. Tashkun, J. Vander Auwera, G. Wagner, J. Wilzewski, P. Wcisło, S. Yu, E.J, Zak, “The HITRAN2016 Molecular Spectroscopic Database”, J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transf. 203, 3 (2017).
  8. S. Yu, J.C. Pearson, B.J. Drouin, C.E. Miller, K. Kobayashi and F. Matsushima, “Terahertz spectroscopy of ground state HD18O”, J. Mol. Spectrosco. 328, 27 (2016).
  9. S. Yu, J.C. Pearson, B.J. Drouin, T.J. Crawford, A.M. Daly, B. Elliott and T. Amano, “Rotational spectroscopy of vibrationally excited N2H+ and N2D+ up to 2.1 THz”, J. Mol. Spectrosc. 314 (2015) 19.
  10. S. Yu, Brian J. Drouin and C. E. Miller, “High resolution spectral analysis of oxygen. IV. Energy levels, partition sums, band constants, RKR potentials, Franck-Condon factors involving the X 3Sg–, a 1Dg, b 1Sg+ states”, J. Chem. Phys. 141 (2014) 174302.
  11. S. Yu, J.C. Pearson, B.J. Drouin, M.-A. Martin-Drumel, O. Pirali, M. Vervloet, L.H. Coudert, H.S.P. Muller and Sandra Brunken, “Measurement and analysis of new terahertz and far-infrared spectra of high temperature water”, J. Mol. Spectrosco. 279 (2012) 16-25.
  12. S. Yu, C.E. Miller, B.J. Drouin and H.S.P. Muller, “High resolution spectral analysis of oxygen. Part I. Isotopically invariant Dunham fits for the X 3Sg–, a 1Dg, b 1Sg+ states”, J. Chem. Phys. 137 (2012) 024304/1-024304/20.
  13. S. Yu, J. C. Pearson, B. J. Drouin, K. Sung, O. Pirali, M. Vervloet, M.-A. Martin-Drumel, C. P. Endres, T. Shiraishi, K. Kobayashi, and F. Matsushima, “Submillimeter-wave and far-infrared spectroscopy of high-J transitions of the ground and n2 =1 states of ammonia”, J. Chem. Phys. (2010) 174317/1-174317/14.
  14. S. Yu, B.J. Drouin, J.C. Pearson, H.M. Pickett, V. Lattanzi and A. Walters “Terahertz spectroscopy and global analysis of the bending vibrations of acetylene 12C2D2”, Astrophys. J. 698 (2009) 2114-2120.
  15. S. Yu, B.J. Drouin, J.C. Pearson and H.M. Pickett, “Terahertz spectroscopy and global analysis of H3O+”, Astrophys. J. Suppl. Ser. 180 (2009) 119-124.
  16. S. Yu, J-G Wang, P.M. Sheridan, M.J. Dick and P.F. Bernath, “Laser spectroscopy of the A 2P–X 2S and C 2P–A 2P transitions of SrOD”, J. Mol. Spectrosc. 240 (2006) 26-31.
  17. S. Yu, I.E. Gordon, P.M. Sheridan and P.F. Bernath, “Infrared emission spectroscopy of the A4Fi–X 4Di and B 4Pi–X 4Di transitions of CoS”, J. Mol. Spectrosc. 236 (2006) 255-259.
  18. S. Yu, A. Shayesteh, P.F. Bernath and J. Koput, “The vibration-rotation emission spectrum of hot BeF2”, J. Chem. Phys. 123 (2005) 134303/1-134303/8.
  19. S. Yu, A. Shayesteh and P.F. Bernath, “The vibration-rotation emission spectra of gaseous CdH2 and CdD2”, J. Chem. Phys. 122 (2005) 194301/1-194301/6.
  20. S. Yu, A. Shayesteh, D. Fu and P.F. Bernath, “The vibration-rotation emission spectrum of gaseous HZnCl”, J. Phys. Chem. A 109 (2005) 4092-4094.
  21. S. Yu, A. Shayesteh, D. Fu and P.F. Bernath, “Infrared and near infrared emission spectra of TeH and TeD”, J. Mol. Spectrosc. 230 (2005) 105-116.