Dr. Gordon Chin

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Dr. Gordon Chin

  • (AST, PLANETARY STUDIES)
  • 301.286.8649 | 301.286.0212
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 693
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Curriculum Vitae



    Research

    RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:Submillimeter receiver technology, submillimeter optically-pumped laser development, acousto-optic spectrometer development. Planetary and cometary atmosphere radiative transfer and line emission simulations. Development of spectral-line database and management software Observation and excitation calculation of molecular infrared and millimeter transitions in cometary and planetary atmospheres. Experimental control of chaotic systems - computational physics.

    Positions and Appointments

    Project Scientist, Planetary Systems Laboratory
    Appointments 2005-Current: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Project Scientist: LRO comprise of a low altitude Lunar orbiter scheduled for launch Q4 2008 with six competed instruments and one technology demonstration. LRO will assess resources, landing sites, and radiation environment to provide essential data for future Lunar robotics and manned missions as the first step in the Vision for Space Exploration.

    2002-Current: Co-Investigator on Mars Volcanic Emission and Life Scout (MARVEL): Lead investigator for the development and investigation with SIGNAL the submillimeter radiometer and spectrometer to detect and localize volatiles associated with volcanic and geothermal activity. Marvel was selected for Step 2 Concept Study for the 2007 Scout opportunity.

    1998-Current: Member of the NSF ALMA Management Advisory Committee: Chair 2003-2004. ALMA is the Atacama Large Millimeter Array, a 64-telescope synthetic aperture array sited on the 16,000 ft Chajnator northern Chile plateau, with equal participation between North America, ESO, and Japan.

    1998-Current: Principal Investigator for a proposed Discovery-Class Mission, Vesper,: Vesper orbiter studies the Venus atmosphere from the surface to lower thermosphere. The Vesper Orbiter proposal was selected for Feasibility Study for Discovery 7. Current Vesper mission comprise a Venus orbiter and atmospheric probe.

    1994: Small Explorer Program Scientist -Detailed to NASA HQ part-time. Responsible for the scientific and technical evaluation of proposals for the second set of Small Explorer missions.

    1989-Current: Project Scientist for the Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite (SWAS) - SWAS is a Small Explorer mission that will employ cooled Schottky submillimeter heterodyne receivers to observe water, oxygen, 13CO, and neutral carbon (CI) in the interstellar medium. The satellite will survey interstellar cloud complexes at these spectral lines to investigate the process of star formation. The mission plans several years observing duration.

    1979-Current: Astrophysicist, GSFC

    1977-1979: NAS-NRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, GSFC

    Education

    1995 - Goddard Leadership Educational Series (GLES)
    1977 - Ph.D. - Physics, Columbia University
    1974 - M. Phil. - Physics, Columbia University
    1972 - M.A. - Physics, Columbia University
    1970 - B.A. - Physics, Columbia College

    Awards

    2004 NASA Group Achievement Award SWAS Team
    2004 Goddard Performance Award
    1997 Goddard Performance Award
    1996 Goddard Special Act Award
    1995 Goddard Special Act Group Award, SWAS I&T Team
    1995 Goddard Performance Award
    1994 NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal
    1993 Goddard Performance Award
    1989 Goddard Performance Award

    Publications

    2004 "Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite: Performance on the Ground and In Orbit", V. Tolls, G.J. Melnick, M.L.N. Ashby, E.A. Bergin, M.A. Gurwell, S.C. Kleiner, B.M. Patten, R. Plume, J.R. Stauffer, Z.Wang, G. Chin, et. al., Ap. J. (Supp),pp. 137-162, May.
    2003 "Spectroscopy of Comet Hale-Bopp in the infrared", T.Y. Brooke, H.A.Weaver, G. Chin, D. Bockleee-Morvan, S.J. Kim, and L-H. Xu, Icarus, 166, pp. 167-187.
    2002 Venus contribution to "The Future of Solar System Exploration , 2003-2013, Community Contribution to the NRC Solar System Exploration Survey," D. Crisp et al., ASP Conference Series, vol . 272, 5-34.
    2000 "The Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite: Science Objectives and Instrument Description," G. J. Melnick, J. R. Stauffer, M. L. N. Ashby, E. A. Bergin, G. Chin, N. R. Erickson, P. F. Goldsmith, M. Harwit, J. E. Howe, S. C. Kleiner, D. G. Koch, D. A. Neufeld, B. M. Patten, R. Plume, R. Schieder, R. L. Snell, V. Tolls, Z. Wang, G. Winnewisser, Y. F. Zhang, Ap. J. (Lett), Vol. 539, No.2, Part 2, L77, August.
    2000 "Observations of Water Vapor toward Orion BN/KL," G. J Melnick, M L. N. Ashby, R. Plume, E. A. Bergin, D. A. Neufeld, G. Chin, N. R. Erickson, P. F. Goldsmith, M. Harwit, J. E. Howe, S. C. Kleiner, D. G. Koch, B. M. Patten, R. Schieder, R. L. Snell, J. R. Stauffer, V. Tolls, Z. Wang, G. Winnewisser, Y. F. Zhang, Ap. J. (Lett), Vol 539, No.2, Part 2, L87, August.
    2000 "Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite Observations of Extended Water Emission in Orion," R. L. Snell, J. E, Howe, M. L. N. Ashby, E. A. Bergin, G. Chin, N. R. Erickson, P. F. Goldsmith, M. Harwit, S. C. Kleiner, D. G. Koch. D. A. Neufeld, B. M. Patten, R. Plume, R. Schieder, J. R. Stauffer, V. Tolls, Z. Wang, G. Winnewisser, Y. F. Zhang, G. J. Melnick, Ap. J. (Lett), Vol. 539, No.2, Part 2, L93, August.
    2000 "The Distribution of Water Emission in M17SW." R L Snell, J. E. Howe, M. L. N. Ashby, E. A. Bergin, G. Chin, N. R. Erickson, P. F. Goldsmith, M. Harwit, S. C. Kleiner, D. G. Koch, D. A. Neufeld, B. M. Patten, R. Plume, R. Schieder, J. R. Stauffer, V. Tolls, Z. Wang, G. Winnewisser, Y. F. Zhang and G. J. Melnick, Ap. J. (Lett), Vol. 539, No. 2, Part 2, L97, August.
    2000 "Water Abundance in Molecular Cloud Cores," R. L. Snell, J. E. Howe, M. L. N. Ashby, E. A. Bergin, G. Chin, N. R. Erickson, P. F. Goldsmith, M. Harwit, S. C. Kleiner, D. G. Koch, D. A. Neufeld, B. M. Patten, R. Plume, R. Schieder, J. R. Stauffer V. Tolls, Z. Wang, G. Winnewisser, Y. F. Zhang, and G. J. Melnick, Ap. J. (Lett), Vol 539, No.2, Part 2, L101, August.
    2000 " Observations of Interstellar Water Vapor in Outflow Regions," D. A. Neufeld, R. L. Snell, M. L. N. Ashby, E. A. Bergin, G. Chin, N. R. Erickson, P. F. Goldsmith, M. Harwit, S. C. Kleiner, D. g. Koch, D. A. Neufeld, B. M. Patten, R. Plume, R. Schieder, J. R. Stauffer, V. Tolls, Z. Wang, G. Winnewisser, Y. F. Zhang, and G. J. Melnick, Ap. J. (Lett), Vol., 539, No. 2, Part 2, L107, August.
    2000 "Observations of Absorption by Water Vapor toward Sagittarius B2," D. A. Neufeld, M. L. N. Ashby, E. A. Bergin, G. Chin, N. R. Erickson, P. F. Goldsmith, M. Harwit, J. E. Howe, S. C. Kleiner, D. G. Koch, B. M. Patten, R. Plume, R. Schieder, J. R. Stauffer, V. Tolls, Z. Wang, G. Winnewisser, Y. F. Zhang, and G. J. Melnick, Ap. J. (Lett), Vol. 539, No. 2, Part 2, L111, August.
    2000 "An Analysis of Water Line Profiles in Star Formation Regions Observed by the Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite," M. L. N. Ashby, E. A. Bergin, R. Plume, J. M. Carpenter, D. A. Neufeld, G. Chin, N. R. Erickson, P. F. Goldsmith, M. Harwit, J. E. Howe, S. C. Kleiner, D. G. Koch, B. M. Patten, R. Plume, R. Schieder, R. L. Snell, J. R. Stauffer, V. Tolls, Z. Wang, G. Winnewisser, Y. F. Zhang, and G. J. Melnick, Ap. J. (Lett), Vol. 539, No. 2, Part 2, L115, August.
    2000 "Water Abundance and Velocity Structure in S140, P Oph A, and B335," M. L. N. Ashby, E. A. Bergin, R. Plume, J. M. Carpenter, G. J. Melnick, G. Chin, N. R. Erickson, P. F. Goldsmith, M. Harwit, J. E. Howe, S. C. Kleiner, D. G. Koch, D. A. Neufeld, B. M. Patten, R. Schieder, R/ L/ Snell, J. R. Stauffer, V. Tolls, Z. Wang, G. Winnewisser, and Y. F. Zhang, Ap. J. (Lett), Vol. 539, No. 2 Part 2, L119, August.
    2000 "O2 in Interstellar Molecular Clouds," P. F. Goldsmith, G. J. Melnick, E. A. Bergin, J. E. Howe, R. L. Snell, D. A. Neufeld, M. Harwit, M. L. N. Ashby, B. M. Patten, S. C. Kleiner, R. Plume, J. R. Stauffer, V. Tolls, Z. Wang, Y. F. Zhang, N. R. Erickson, D. G. Koch, R. Schieder, G. Winnewisser, and G. Chin, Ap. J. (Lett), Vol. 539, No. 2, Part 2, L123, August.
    2000 "Implications of Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite Observations for Interstellar Chemistry and Star Formation," E. A. Bergin, G.J. Melnick, J. R. Stauffer, M, L. N. Ashby, G. Chin, R. Erickson, F. Goldsmith, Harwit, J. E. owe, S. C. Kleiner, D. G. Koch, D. A. Neufeld, B. M. Patten, R. Plume, R. Schieder, R. L. Snell, V. Tolls, Z. Wang, G. Winnewisser, and. F. Zhang, Ap. J. (Lett), Vol. 539, No. 2, Part 2, L123, August.
    2000 "Large-scale 13CO J = 5 4) and [C I ] Mapping of Orion A," R. Plume, F. Bensch, J. E. Howe, M. L. N. Ashby, E. A. Bergin, G. Chin, N. R. Erickson, P. F. Goldsmith, M. Harwit, S. Kleiner, D. G. Koch, D. A. Neufeld, B. M. Patten, R. Schieder, R L. Snell, J. R. Stauffer, V. Tolls, Z. Wang, G. Winnewisser, Y. F. Zhang, K. Reynolds, R. Joyce, C. Tavoletti, G. Jack, C. J. Rodkey, and G. J. Melnick, Ap. J. (Lett), Vol. 539, No.2, Part 2, L123, August.
    2000 "Extended [C I ] and 13C O (5 4) Emission in M17SW," J. E. Howe, M. L. N. Ashby, E. A. Bergin, G. Chin, N. R. Erickson, P. F. Goldsmith, M, Harwit, D. J. Hollenbach, M. J. Kaufman, S. C. Kleiner, D. G. Koch, D. A. Neufeld, B. M. Patten, R. Plume, R. Schieder, R. L. Snell, J. R. Stauffer, V. Tolls, Z. Wang, G. Winnewisser, Y. F. Zhang, and Y. F. Zhang, Ap. J. (Lett), Vol. 539, No. 2, Part 2, L123, August.
    2000 "Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite Observations of the Martian Atmosphere: Temperature and Vertical Distribution of Water Vapor," M. A. Gurwell, E. A. Bergin, G. J. Melnick, M. L. N. Ashby, G. Chin, N. R. Erickson, P. F. Goldsmith, M. Harwit, J. E. Howe, S. C. Kleiner, D.G. Koch, D. A. Neufeld, B. M. Patten, R. Plume, R. Schieder, R. L. Snell, J. R. Stauffer, V. Tolls, Z. Wang, G.Winnewisser, and Y. F. Zhang, Ap. J. (Lett), Vol. 539, No. 2, Part 2, L123, August.
    2000 "Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite Observations of Jupiter and Saturn: Detection of 557 GHZ Water Emission from the Upper Atmosphere," E. a. Bergin, E. Lellouch, M. Harwit, M. A. Gurwell, G. J. Melnick, M. L. N. Ashby, G. Chin, N. R. Erickson, P. F. Goldsmith, J. E. Howe, S. C. Kleiner, D. G. Koch, D. A. Neufeld, B. M. Patten, R. Plume, R. Schieder, R. L. Snell, J. R. Stauffer, v. Tolls, Z. Wang, G. Winnewisser, and Y. F. Zhang, Ap. J. (Lett), Vol. 539, No. 2, Part 2, L123, August.
    2000 "Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite Observations of Water Vapor toward Comet C/1999 H1 (Lee)," D. A. Neufeld, J. R. Stauffer, E. A. Bergin, S. C. Kleiner, B. M. Patten, Z. Wang, M. L. N. Ashby, G. Chin, N. R. Erickson, P. F. Goldsmith, M. Harwit, J. E. Howe, D. G. Koch, R. Plume, R. Schieder, R. L. Snell, V. Tolls, G. Winnewisser, Y. F. Zhang, and G. J, Melnick, Ap. J. (Lett), Vol539, No. 2 Part 2, L123, August 2.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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