Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Prabal Saxena


Prabal Saxena's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.286.5759
Org Code: 698
Mail Code 698
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Selected Publications


2022. "Photobombing Earth 2.0: Diffraction-limit-related Contamination and Uncertainty in Habitable Planet Spectra." The Astrophysical Journal Letters 934 (2): L32 [10.3847/2041-8213/ac7b93] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Simulating Reflected Light Exoplanet Spectra of the Promising Direct Imaging Target, υ Andromedae d, with a New, Fast Sampling Method Using the Planetary Spectrum Generator." The Astronomical Journal 162 (1): 30 [10.3847/1538-3881/abf657] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "TRAPPIST Habitable Atmosphere Intercomparison (THAI) Workshop Report." The Planetary Science Journal 2 (3): 106 [10.3847/psj/abf4df] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Lifetime of a transient atmosphere produced by lunar volcanism." Icarus 359 114304 [10.1016/j.icarus.2021.114304] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Tidal Dissipation in Dual-body, Highly Eccentric, and Nonsynchronously Rotating Systems: Applications to Pluto–Charon and the Exoplanet TRAPPIST-1e." The Planetary Science Journal 2 (1): 4 [10.3847/psj/abc0f3] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Sodium and Potassium Signatures of Volcanic Satellites Orbiting Close-in Gas Giant Exoplanets." The Astrophysical Journal 885 (2): 168 [10.3847/1538-4357/ab40cc] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "The Mid-InfraRed Exo-planet CLimate Explorer MIRECLE: Exploring the Nearest M-Earths Through Ultra-Stable Mid-IR Transit and Phase-Curve Spectroscopy." Astro2020: Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics APC White Paper [Other]

2019. "Was the Sun a Slow Rotator? Sodium and Potassium Constraints from the Lunar Regolith." The Astrophysical Journal 876 (1): L16 [10.3847/2041-8213/ab18fb] [Journal Article/Letter]

2018. "WFIRST CGI integral field spectrograph performance and post-processing in the OS6 observing scenario." Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave [10.1117/12.2312400] [Proceedings]

2018. "Exoplanet Science Priorities from the Perspective of Internal and Surface Processes for Silicate and Ice Dominated Worlds." National Academy of Sciences 2018 Exoplanet Science Strategy White Paper [Other]

2018. "Relevance of tidal heating on large TNOs." Icarus 302 245-260 [10.1016/j.icarus.2017.11.023] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "Current science requirements and planned implementation for the WFIRST-CGI Integral Field Spectrograph (IFS)." Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VIII [10.1117/12.2274711] [Proceedings]

2017. "Simulating the WFIRST coronagraph integral field spectrograph." Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VIII [10.1117/12.2273066] [Proceedings]

2017. "Commissioning and performance results of the PISCES instrument." Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VIII [10.1117/12.2272653] [Proceedings]

2017. "A model of the primordial lunar atmosphere." Earth and Planetary Science Letters 474 198-205 [10.1016/j.epsl.2017.06.031] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "The observational effects and signatures of tidally distorted solid exoplanets." Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 446 (4): 4271-4277 [10.1093/mnras/stu2111] [Journal Article/Letter]


2022. "Lunar Samples are Time Capsules of the Sun." Heliophysics Decadal Survey White Paper [] [Other]

2021. "Mission to Characterize Volatiles in Old, Cold, Permanently Shadowed Regions on the Moon." BAAS, Planetary/Astrobiology Decadal Survey Whitepapers 53 (4): e-id. 365 [10.3847/25c2cfeb.f3dc6df2] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Sputter Loss of an Early Transient Lunar Atmosphere." European Planetary Science Conference EPSC-DPS2019-70. [Proceedings]

2019. "Limits on X-Ray Luminosity from Pluto's H2 Corona." LPI/Pluto System After New Horizons 2133 id.7080 [Proceedings]

2019. "The Sun was likely a Slow Rotator: Lunar Geochemical Constraints." LPI (50.3050s): [Proceedings]

2019. "The Sun was likely a Slow Rotator: Lunar Geochemical Constraints." Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 50 [Proceedings]

2018. "Highly Volcanic Exoplanets, Lava Worlds, and Magma Ocean Worlds: An Emerging Class of Dynamic Exoplanets of Significant Scientific Priority." ArXiv e-prints [Journal Article/Letter]