Dr. Alan P Smale

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Dr. Alan P Smale

  • Head , High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC) Office
  • 301.286.2602 | 202.358.3096
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 660.1
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    2003-2008: Program Executive for Mission Operations and Data Analysis (MO&DA) for the Astrophysics Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA HQ, managing an extensive and scientifically diverse portfolio of astrophysics missions including Chandra, Spitzer, Gravity Probe-B, GALEX, INTEGRAL, RXTE, Suzaku, Swift, WMAP, and XMM-Newton. Also served as Program Scientist for RXTE, Discipline Scientist for High Energy Astrophysics, and Deputy Public Affairs Liaison for the Astrophysics Division.

    1988-2003: Senior Research Scientist, Universities Space Research Association, at the Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics, NASA/GSFC. Managed the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer Guest Observer Facility (1994-2003) and Swift Science Center (1998-2003), with additional management, data analysis, software design and computer programming experience with the BBXRT, ROSAT, ASCA, and HEASARC projects. Co-investigator on the Swift mission.

    1985-1988: Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, U.K., conducting research in X-ray and optical astronomy.

    Research Interests

    X-ray Astrophysics

    variability in X-ray binaries, spectroscopy and timing studies of Galactic black hole candidates, pulsars, bursting and dipping sources, and Active Galactic Nuclei. Co-author (with Strohmayer) on the discovery of kilohertz QPOs from neutron star binaries. PI on successful guest observer programs on a wide range of orbiting observatories (EXOSAT, ROSAT, Ginga, ASCA, RXTE. and Chandra) and international ground-based optical and radio facilities (AAT, CTIO, LPO, SAAO, VLA). Committed to education and public outreach through the combination of science and music, generally outside working hours.

    Current Projects

    HEASARC

    Various new programmatic initiatives.

    Temporal and spectroscopic studies of X-ray binaries in the Milky Way and other normal galaxies.


    Positions/Employment

    8 / 2008 - Present

    HEASARC Director

    NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD  
    3 / 2012 - Present

    PCOS Deputy Chief Scientist

    NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD  
    2 / 2003 - 8 / 2008

    Program Executive, Mission Operations and Data Analysis

    NASA HQ, Washington DC  

    Education

    1986 - D.Phil., Astrophysics, University of Oxford, U.K. Thesis title: "Variability in Stellar X-ray Sources"

    1982 - B.A., Physics, University of Oxford, U.K.

    Professional Societies

    American Astronomical Society, 1989 - 2003
    Royal Astronomical Society, 1986 - 1998
    Fellow
    International Astronomical Union, 2013 - Present

    Awards

     Robert H. Goddard Honor Awards 2012: HEASARC Team

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Gehrels, N., C. L. Sarazin, P. T. OBrien, et al. B. Zhang, L. Barbier, S. D. Barthelmy, A. Blustin, D. N. Burrows, J. Cannizzo, J. R. Cummings, M. Goad, S. T. Holland, C. P. Hurkett, J. A. Kennea, A. Levan, C. B. Markwardt, K. O. Mason, P. Meszaros, M. Page, D. M. Palmer, E. Rol, T. Sakamoto, R. Willingale, L. Angelini, A. Beardmore, P. T. Boyd, A. Breeveld, S. Campana, M. M. Chester, G. Chincarini, L. R. Cominsky, G. Cusumano, M. de Pasquale, E. E. Fenimore, P. Giommi, C. Gronwall, D. Grupe, J. E. Hill, D. Hinshaw, J. Hjorth, D. Hullinger, K. C. Hurley, S. Klose, S. Kobayashi, C. Kouveliotou, H. A. Krimm, V. Mangano, F. E. Marshall, K. McGowan, A. Moretti, R. F. Mushotzky, K. Nakazawa, J. P. Norris, J. A. Nousek, J. P. Osborne, K. Page, A. M. Parsons, S. Patel, M. Perri, T. Poole, P. Romano, P. Roming, S. Rosen, G. Sato, P. Schady, A. P. Smale, J. Sollerman, R. Starling, M. Still, M. Suzuki, G. Tagliaferri, T. Takahashi, M. Tashiro, J. Tueller, A. A. Wells, N. E. White, and R. Wijers. 2005. "A short gamma-ray burst apparently associated with an elliptical galaxy at redshift z = 0.225." Nature 437 851-854 [10.1038/nature04142]

    Gehrels, N., G. Chincarini, P. Giommi, et al. K. O. Mason, J. A. Nousek, A. A. Wells, N. E. White, S. D. Barthelmy, D. N. Burrows, L. R. Cominsky, K. C. Hurley, F. E. Marshall, P. Mészáros, P. W. Roming, L. Angelini, L. M. Barbier, T. Belloni, S. Campana, P. A. Caraveo, M. M. Chester, O. Citterio, T. L. Cline, M. S. Cropper, J. R. Cummings, A. J. Dean, E. D. Feigelson, E. E. Fenimore, D. A. Frail, A. S. Fruchter, G. P. Garmire, K. Gendreau, G. Ghisellini, J. Greiner, J. E. Hill, S. D. Hunsberger, H. A. Krimm, S. R. Kulkarni, P. Kumar, F. Lebrun, N. M. Lloyd-Ronning, C. B. Markwardt, B. J. Mattson, R. F. Mushotzky, J. P. Norris, J. Osborne, B. Paczynski, D. M. Palmer, H. Park, A. M. Parsons, J. Paul, M. J. Rees, C. S. Reynolds, J. E. Rhoads, T. P. Sasseen, B. E. Schaefer, A. T. Short, A. P. Smale, I. A. Smith, L. Stella, G. Tagliaferri, T. Takahashi, M. Tashiro, L. K. Townsley, J. Tueller, M. J. Turner, M. Vietri, W. Voges, M. J. Ward, R. Willingale, F. M. Zerbi, and W. W. Zhang. 2004. "The Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission." The Astrophysical Journal 611 1005 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1086/422091]

    Smale, A. P., J. Homan, and E. Kuulkers. 2003. "The complete Z-diagram of LMC X-2." ApJ 590 1035.

    Smale, A. P., M. J. Church, and M. Balucinska-Church. 2002. "Dip spectroscopy of the low mass X-ray binary XB1254-690." ApJ 581 1286.

    Smale, A. P., M. J. Church, and M. Bałucińska-Church. 2001. "The Ephemeris and Dipping Spectral Behavior of 4U 1624-49." The Astrophysical Journal 550 962 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1086/319800]

    Smale, A. P. 2001. "A Second Intense Burst with Photospheric Radius Expansion from X2127+119 in M15." The Astrophysical Journal 562 957 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1086/323517]

    Smale, A. P., and E. Kuulkers. 2000. "LMC X-2: The First Extragalactic Z Source?" The Astrophysical Journal 528 702 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1086/308193]

    Boyd, P. T., A. P. Smale, J. Homan, et al. P. G. Jonker, M. van der Klis, and E. Kuulkers. 2000. "Canonical Timing and Spectral Behavior of LMC X-3 in the Low/Hard State." The Astrophysical Journal 542 L127 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1086/312931]

    Smale, A. P., W. Zhang, and N. E. White. 1997. "Discovery of Kilohertz Quasi-periodic Oscillations from 4U 1820-303 with Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer." ApJ 483 L119.

    Smale, A. P. 1996. "Observations of low mass X-ray binaries." Cataclysmic Variables and Related Objects 349

    Strohmayer, T. E., W. Zhang, J. H. Swank, et al. A. P. Smale, L. Titarchuk, C. Day, and U. Lee. 1996. "Kilohertz X-ray variability from an accreting neutron star system." ApJL 469 L9.

    Smale, A. P., C. Done, R. F. Mushotzky, et al. K. A. Weaver, P. J. Serlemitsos, F. E. Marshall, R. Petre, K. M. Jahoda, E. A. Boldt, J. H. Swank, A. E. Szymkowiak, R. L. Kelley, and K. A. Arnaud. 1993. "Resolving the iron K line in Cygnus X-2; an observation with BBXRT." ApJ 410 796.

    Smale, A. P., and J. C. Lochner. 1992. "Long-term variability in LMXBs; a study using data from Vela 5B." ApJ 395 582.

    Smale, A. P., K. Mukai, O. R. Williams, M. H. Jones, and R. H. Corbet. 1992. "Ginga observations of the dipping low mass X-ray binaries XB1916-053 and EXO0748-676." ApJ 400 330.

    Smale, A. P., and R. H. Corbet. 1991. "A study of the H Alpha line in X1735-444." ApJ 383 853.

    Smale, A. P. 1991. "A 9.1-hr candidate orbital period in X1556-605." PASP 103 636.

    Smale, A. P., R. Corbet, P. A. Charles, et al. S. A. Ilovaisky, K. O. Mason, C. Motch, K. Mukai, T. Naylor, A. N. Parmar, M. van der Klis, and J. van Paradijs. 1988. "CAL 83: a 1-day period low mass X-ray binary in the LMC." MNRAS 233 51.

    Seward, F., P. A. Charles, and A. P. Smale. 1986. "A six-second periodic X-ray source in Carina." ApJ 305 814.

    Smale, A. P., P. A. Charles, R. H. Densham, et al. G. T. Bath, J. van Paradijs, J. W. Menzies, and G. K. Skinner. 1984. "A0538-66 during the extended 'off' state; evidence for continuing mass motions." MNRAS 210 855.

    Brief Bio

    2003-2008: Program Executive for Mission Operations and Data Analysis (MO&DA) for the Astrophysics Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA HQ, managing an extensive and scientifically diverse portfolio of astrophysics missions including Chandra, Spitzer, Gravity Probe-B, GALEX, INTEGRAL, RXTE, Suzaku, Swift, WMAP, and XMM-Newton. Also served as Program Scientist for RXTE, Discipline Scientist for High Energy Astrophysics, and Deputy Public Affairs Liaison for the Astrophysics Division.

    1988-2003: Senior Research Scientist, Universities Space Research Association, at the Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics, NASA/GSFC. Managed the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer Guest Observer Facility (1994-2003) and Swift Science Center (1998-2003), with additional management, data analysis, software design and computer programming experience with the BBXRT, ROSAT, ASCA, and HEASARC projects. Co-investigator on the Swift mission.

    1985-1988: Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, U.K., conducting research in X-ray and optical astronomy.

    Refereed

    Gehrels, N., C. L. Sarazin, P. T. OBrien, et al. B. Zhang, L. Barbier, S. D. Barthelmy, A. Blustin, D. N. Burrows, J. Cannizzo, J. R. Cummings, M. Goad, S. T. Holland, C. P. Hurkett, J. A. Kennea, A. Levan, C. B. Markwardt, K. O. Mason, P. Meszaros, M. Page, D. M. Palmer, E. Rol, T. Sakamoto, R. Willingale, L. Angelini, A. Beardmore, P. T. Boyd, A. Breeveld, S. Campana, M. M. Chester, G. Chincarini, L. R. Cominsky, G. Cusumano, M. de Pasquale, E. E. Fenimore, P. Giommi, C. Gronwall, D. Grupe, J. E. Hill, D. Hinshaw, J. Hjorth, D. Hullinger, K. C. Hurley, S. Klose, S. Kobayashi, C. Kouveliotou, H. A. Krimm, V. Mangano, F. E. Marshall, K. McGowan, A. Moretti, R. F. Mushotzky, K. Nakazawa, J. P. Norris, J. A. Nousek, J. P. Osborne, K. Page, A. M. Parsons, S. Patel, M. Perri, T. Poole, P. Romano, P. Roming, S. Rosen, G. Sato, P. Schady, A. P. Smale, J. Sollerman, R. Starling, M. Still, M. Suzuki, G. Tagliaferri, T. Takahashi, M. Tashiro, J. Tueller, A. A. Wells, N. E. White, and R. Wijers. 2005. "A short gamma-ray burst apparently associated with an elliptical galaxy at redshift z = 0.225." Nature 437 851-854 [10.1038/nature04142]

    Gehrels, N., G. Chincarini, P. Giommi, et al. K. O. Mason, J. A. Nousek, A. A. Wells, N. E. White, S. D. Barthelmy, D. N. Burrows, L. R. Cominsky, K. C. Hurley, F. E. Marshall, P. Mészáros, P. W. Roming, L. Angelini, L. M. Barbier, T. Belloni, S. Campana, P. A. Caraveo, M. M. Chester, O. Citterio, T. L. Cline, M. S. Cropper, J. R. Cummings, A. J. Dean, E. D. Feigelson, E. E. Fenimore, D. A. Frail, A. S. Fruchter, G. P. Garmire, K. Gendreau, G. Ghisellini, J. Greiner, J. E. Hill, S. D. Hunsberger, H. A. Krimm, S. R. Kulkarni, P. Kumar, F. Lebrun, N. M. Lloyd-Ronning, C. B. Markwardt, B. J. Mattson, R. F. Mushotzky, J. P. Norris, J. Osborne, B. Paczynski, D. M. Palmer, H. Park, A. M. Parsons, J. Paul, M. J. Rees, C. S. Reynolds, J. E. Rhoads, T. P. Sasseen, B. E. Schaefer, A. T. Short, A. P. Smale, I. A. Smith, L. Stella, G. Tagliaferri, T. Takahashi, M. Tashiro, L. K. Townsley, J. Tueller, M. J. Turner, M. Vietri, W. Voges, M. J. Ward, R. Willingale, F. M. Zerbi, and W. W. Zhang. 2004. "The Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission." The Astrophysical Journal 611 1005 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1086/422091]

    Smale, A. P., J. Homan, and E. Kuulkers. 2003. "The complete Z-diagram of LMC X-2." ApJ 590 1035.

    Smale, A. P., M. J. Church, and M. Balucinska-Church. 2002. "Dip spectroscopy of the low mass X-ray binary XB1254-690." ApJ 581 1286.

    Smale, A. P., M. J. Church, and M. Bałucińska-Church. 2001. "The Ephemeris and Dipping Spectral Behavior of 4U 1624-49." The Astrophysical Journal 550 962 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1086/319800]

    Smale, A. P. 2001. "A Second Intense Burst with Photospheric Radius Expansion from X2127+119 in M15." The Astrophysical Journal 562 957 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1086/323517]

    Smale, A. P., and E. Kuulkers. 2000. "LMC X-2: The First Extragalactic Z Source?" The Astrophysical Journal 528 702 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1086/308193]

    Boyd, P. T., A. P. Smale, J. Homan, et al. P. G. Jonker, M. van der Klis, and E. Kuulkers. 2000. "Canonical Timing and Spectral Behavior of LMC X-3 in the Low/Hard State." The Astrophysical Journal 542 L127 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1086/312931]

    Smale, A. P., W. Zhang, and N. E. White. 1997. "Discovery of Kilohertz Quasi-periodic Oscillations from 4U 1820-303 with Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer." ApJ 483 L119.

    Smale, A. P. 1996. "Observations of low mass X-ray binaries." Cataclysmic Variables and Related Objects 349

    Strohmayer, T. E., W. Zhang, J. H. Swank, et al. A. P. Smale, L. Titarchuk, C. Day, and U. Lee. 1996. "Kilohertz X-ray variability from an accreting neutron star system." ApJL 469 L9.

    Smale, A. P., C. Done, R. F. Mushotzky, et al. K. A. Weaver, P. J. Serlemitsos, F. E. Marshall, R. Petre, K. M. Jahoda, E. A. Boldt, J. H. Swank, A. E. Szymkowiak, R. L. Kelley, and K. A. Arnaud. 1993. "Resolving the iron K line in Cygnus X-2; an observation with BBXRT." ApJ 410 796.

    Smale, A. P., and J. C. Lochner. 1992. "Long-term variability in LMXBs; a study using data from Vela 5B." ApJ 395 582.

    Smale, A. P., K. Mukai, O. R. Williams, M. H. Jones, and R. H. Corbet. 1992. "Ginga observations of the dipping low mass X-ray binaries XB1916-053 and EXO0748-676." ApJ 400 330.

    Smale, A. P., and R. H. Corbet. 1991. "A study of the H Alpha line in X1735-444." ApJ 383 853.

    Smale, A. P. 1991. "A 9.1-hr candidate orbital period in X1556-605." PASP 103 636.

    Smale, A. P., R. Corbet, P. A. Charles, et al. S. A. Ilovaisky, K. O. Mason, C. Motch, K. Mukai, T. Naylor, A. N. Parmar, M. van der Klis, and J. van Paradijs. 1988. "CAL 83: a 1-day period low mass X-ray binary in the LMC." MNRAS 233 51.

    Seward, F., P. A. Charles, and A. P. Smale. 1986. "A six-second periodic X-ray source in Carina." ApJ 305 814.

    Smale, A. P., P. A. Charles, R. H. Densham, et al. G. T. Bath, J. van Paradijs, J. W. Menzies, and G. K. Skinner. 1984. "A0538-66 during the extended 'off' state; evidence for continuing mass motions." MNRAS 210 855.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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