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Curriculum Vitae:

John Trauger
CGI Instrument Scientist for WFIRST

Dr. Trauger is developing high-contrast imaging techniques and mission concepts for the direct imaging of exoplanetary systems from space, including coronagraph design and implementation, deformable mirror technologies for active wavefront control, laboratory testbed demonstrations, and the inception of the High Contrast Imaging Testbed at JPL. He was Principal Investigator for the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) on the Hubble Space Telescope, and has served on various NASA HST, JWST, and ExEP science advisory groups.

  • PhD in Physics, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • BA in Physics, Oberlin College


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Professional Experience
  • Senior Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Senior Research Scientist, Earth and Space Science Division (1997-Present)
  • Supervisor, Origins of Stars and Planets Research Group, Astrophysics and Space Science Section, Science Division, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech (2004-Present)
  • Principal Investigator, Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (1985-2009)
  • Member, Hubble Space Telescope Science Working Group, Instrument Development Working Group, Servicing Science Working Group, User's Committee (1986-1997)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, for the scientific development of the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 for the Hubble Space Telescope (1994)
  • Harold Masursky Award of the AAS Division of Planetary Sciences(1997)
  • Asteroid 5968 Trauger (1998)

Selected Publications
  1. J. Trauger et al., "Complex apodization Lyot coronagraphy for the direct imaging of exoplanet systems: design, fabrication, and laboratory demonstrations," Proc. SPIE 8442, 844204, 2012; and Final Report to the NASA Strategic Astrophysics Technology / Technology Demonstrations for Exoplanet Missions program, 2012.
  2. J. Trauger et al., "ACCESS - A concept study for the direct imaging and spectroscopy of exoplanetary systems," Proc. SPIE 7731, 773128, 2010; Pathways to Habitable Planets, ASP Conf. Series 430, 375, 2010; and Final Report to the NASA Astrophysics Strategic Mission Concept Studies Program, 2009.
  3. J. Trauger and W. Traub, "A laboratory demonstration of the capability to image an Earth-like extrasolar planet," Nature 446, 771, 2007.
  4. J. Trauger et al., "Laboratory demonstrations of high-contrast imaging for space coronagraphy," Proc. SPIE 6693, 66930X, 2007.

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