Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Prabal Saxena



Org Code: 698

Mail Code: 698
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Employer: NASA

Selected Publications


Saxena, P. 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]

Saxena, P., G. L. Villanueva, N. T. Zimmerman, A. M. Mandell, and A. J. Smith. 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]

Fauchez, T. J., M. Turbet, D. E. Sergeev, et al. N. J. Mayne, A. Spiga, L. Sohl, P. Saxena, R. Deitrick, G. Gilli, S. D. Domagal-Goldman, F. Forget, R. Consentino, R. Barnes, J. Haqq-Misra, M. J. Way, E. T. Wolf, S. Olson, J. S. Crouse, E. Janin, E. Bolmont, J. Leconte, G. Chaverot, Y. Jaziri, K. Tsigaridis, J. Yang, D. Pidhorodetska, R. K. Kopparapu, H. Chen, I. A. Boutle, M. Lefevre, B. Charnay, A. Burnett, J. Cabra, and N. Bouldin. 2021. TRAPPIST Habitable Atmosphere Intercomparison (THAI) Workshop Report The Planetary Science Journal 2 (3): 106 [10.3847/psj/abf4df]

Tucker, O., R. Killen, R. Johnson, and P. Saxena. 2021. Lifetime of a transient atmosphere produced by lunar volcanism Icarus 359 114304 [10.1016/j.icarus.2021.114304]

Renaud, J. P., W. G. Henning, P. Saxena, et al. M. Neveu, A. Bagheri, A. Mandell, and T. Hurford. 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]

Oza, A. V., R. E. Johnson, E. Lellouch, et al. C. Schmidt, N. Schneider, C. Huang, D. Gamborino, A. Gebek, A. Wyttenbach, B.-O. Demory, C. Mordasini, P. Saxena, D. Dubois, A. Moullet, and N. Thomas. 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]

Staguhn, J., A. Mandell, K. Stevenson, et al. P. Saxena, R. Kopparapu, D. Fixsen, E. Sharp, M. DiPirro, C. Knez, E. Wolf, K. Sotzen, K. Mandt, Q. Gong, and G. Villanueva. 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

Saxena, P., R. M. Killen, V. Airapetian, et al. N. E. Petro, N. M. Curran, and A. M. Mandell. 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]

Rizzo, M. J., N. T. Zimmerman, T. D. Groff, et al. J. E. Krist, A. J. Eldorado Riggs, Q. Gong, A. M. Mandell, P. Saxena, M. W. McElwain, and A. Roberge. 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]

Henning, W. G., J. P. Renaud, A. M. Mandell, et al. P. Saxena, T. A. Hurford, S. Matsumura, L. S. Glaze, T. A. Livengood, V. Airapetian, E. Asphaug, J. K. Teske, E. Schwieterman, M. Efroimsky, V. V. Makarov, C. T. Berghea, J. Bleacher, A. Rushby, Y. Lee, W. Kuang, R. Barnes, C. Dong, P. Driscoll, S. D. Domagal-Goldman, N. C. Schmerr, A. D. Del Genio, A. G. Jensen, L. Kaltenegger, L. Elkins-Tanton, E. L. Shock, L. E. Sohl, E. Quintana, L. Schaefer, T. S. Barclay, Y. Fujii, K. Hamano, N. E. Petro, E. D. Lopez, and D. D. Sasselov. 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

Saxena, P., J. P. Renaud, W. G. Henning, M. Jutzi, and T. Hurford. 2018. Relevance of tidal heating on large TNOs Icarus 302 245-260 [10.1016/j.icarus.2017.11.023]

Mandell, A. M., T. D. Groff, Q. Gong, et al. M. W. McElwain, M. J. Rizzo, P. Saxena, N. T. Zimmerman, and R. Lupu. 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]

Rizzo, M. J., T. D. Groff, N. T. Zimmermann, et al. Q. Gong, A. M. Mandell, P. Saxena, M. W. McElwain, A. Roberge, J. E. Krist, A. J. Riggs, E. Cady, C. Mejia Prada, T. Brandt, E. S. Douglas, and K. L. Cahoy. 2017. Simulating the WFIRST coronagraph integral field spectrograph Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VIII [10.1117/12.2273066]

Saxena, P., M. J. Rizzo, C. Mejia Prada, et al. J. D. Llop Sayson, Q. Gong, E. J. Cady, A. M. Mandell, T. D. Groff, and M. W. McElwain. 2017. Commissioning and performance results of the PISCES instrument Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VIII [10.1117/12.2272653]

Saxena, P., L. Elkins-Tanton, N. Petro, and A. Mandell. 2017. A model of the primordial lunar atmosphere Earth and Planetary Science Letters 474 198-205 [10.1016/j.epsl.2017.06.031]

Saxena, P., P. Panka, and M. Summers. 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]


Saxena, P., H. V. Graham, and N. M. Curran. 2022. Lunar Samples are Time Capsules of the Sun Heliophysics Decadal Survey White Paper []

Hurley, D., D. T. Blewett, J. Cahill, et al. N. Chabot, B. Greenhagen, C. Hibbitts, R. Klima, D. Lawrence, K. Mandt, J. I. Nunez, W. Patterson, P. Prem, A. Stickle, A. Deutsch, M. Delitsky, J. Flahaut, G. Sowers, E. Sefton-Nash, J. Brisset, K. Zacny, S. Shukla, J. Grandidier, S. Hosseini, Y. Liu, S. Bhiravarasu, J. Stopar, D. Barker, L. Gertsch, D. Jha, A. Colaprete, R. Elphic, M. Banks, M. Benna, W. Farrell, P. Saxena, O. Tucker, J. Mitchell, D. Needham, J. Atkinson, S. Barber, A. Hendrix, G. Kramer, M. Siegler, C. Grava, M. Poston, K. Retherford, N. Kumari, J. Barnes, P. Hayne, S. Li, P. Lucey, and T. Livengood. 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]

Tucker, O. J., R. M. Killen, and P. Saxena. 2019. Sputter Loss of an Early Transient Lunar Atmosphere European Planetary Science Conference EPSC-DPS2019-70.

Tucker, O. J., R. E. Johnson, J. M. Bell, et al. M. R. Collier, W. M. Farrell, A. Glocer, R. M. Killen, and P. Saxena. 2019. Limits on X-Ray Luminosity from Pluto's H2 Corona LPI/Pluto System After New Horizons 2133 id.7080

Saxena, P., R. M. Killen, V. Airapetian, et al. N. E. Petro, N. M. Curran, and A. M. Mandell. 2019. The Sun was likely a Slow Rotator: Lunar Geochemical Constraints LPI (50.3050s):

Saxena, P., R. Killen, V. Airapetian, et al. N. Petro, N. Curran, and A. Mandell. 2019. The Sun was likely a Slow Rotator: Lunar Geochemical Constraints Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 50

Henning, W., J. Renaud, P. Saxena, et al. P. Whelley, A. Mandell, S. Matsumura, L. Glaze, T. Hurford, T. Livengood, C. Hamilton, M. Efroimsky, V. Makarov, C. Berghea, S. Guzewich, K. Tsigaridis, G. Arney, D. Cremons, S. Kane, J. Bleacher, R. Kopparapu, E. Kohler, Y. Lee, A. Rushby, W. Kuang, R. Barnes, J. A. Richardson, P. Driscoll, N. Schmerr, A. Del Genio, A. Davies, L. Kaltenegger, L. Elkins-Tanton, Y. Fujii, L. Schaefer, S. Ranjan, E. Quintana, T. Barclay, K. Hamano, N. Petro, J. Kendall, E. Lopez, and D. Sasselov. 2018. Highly Volcanic Exoplanets, Lava Worlds, and Magma Ocean Worlds: An Emerging Class of Dynamic Exoplanets of Significant Scientific Priority ArXiv e-prints