Daniel Russell Cremons

Daniel Russell Cremons

  • Rsch AST, Earth Sciences Remote Sens
  • 301.614.6722
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 698
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    Dan Cremons designs and tests laser remote sensing instruments for planetary science applications. Dan is currently working on developing a spectroscopic lidar system for lunar volatiles as well as maturing a doppler lidar system for aerosols and winds on Mars. He is also interested in new techniques that support science and exploration goals including navigation, spectrscopic mapping, and landing.

    His recent work has also focused on optical testing and flight qualification of laser retroreflector arrays for lunar landers, to be carried by NASA missions and for international and commerical partners.

    In addition to instrument development, he is interested in studying planetary atmospheres on Mars and Titan, as well as the history of volatiles in our solar system. He also has taken part in several mission design studies for New Frontiers-class missions to Uranus (JPL Planetary Science Summer School) and Mars (MARLI instrument scientist).

    Current Projects

    MARLI: Mars Lidar for Wind and Aerosol Measurements from Mars Orbit

    • Built and testing the breadboard Doppler lidar in the laboratory at GSFC.
    • Co-leadthe breadboard field campaign at GGAO to measure wind from aerosol backscatterin Earth's atmosphere.
    • Developing data analysis protocols and algorithms.
    • Building and testing 2 micron Doppler lidar variant for Titan orbit (TOLA)
    • Aiding in the optical and mechanical design of the brassboard/prototype instrument.
    • Testing the proptype instrument and maturing major subsystems to TRL-6.

    Swath Mapping Lidar for Small Body Exploration

    • Co-I: Swath Mapping Lidar with Fiber Laser and PN Code Modulation (PI: Xiaoli Sun)
    • Developing and simulating the on-board PN Code and range retrieveal algorithm. 
    • Prototype instrument testing.

    Laser Retroreflector Arrays for Commercial Lunar Landers

    • Performing thermal, vacuum, optical, and vibration testing on small laser retroreflector arrays for current and future commercial lunar landers.
    • Hardware and software engineering to support the above.

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Sun, X., D. E. Smith, E. D. Hoffman, et al. S. W. Wake, D. R. Cremons, E. Mazarico, J.-M. Lauenstein, and E. C. Aaron. 2019. "Small and Lightweight Laser Retro-Reflector Arrays for Lunar Landers." Applied Optics, 58 (33): 9259-9266 [10.1364/AO.58.009259]

    Cremons, D. R., D. X. Du, and D. J. Flannigan. 2017. "Picosecond phase-velocity dispersion of hypersonic phonons imaged with ultrafast electron microscopy." Physical Review Materials, 1 (7): 073801 [10.1103/physrevmaterials.1.073801]

    Cremons, D. R., D. A. Plemmons, and D. J. Flannigan. 2017. "Defect-mediated phonon dynamics in TaS2 and WSe2." Structural Dynamics, 4 (4): 044019 [10.1063/1.4982817]

    Flannigan, D. J., D. R. Cremons, and D. T. Valley. 2017. "Multimodal visualization of the optomechanical response of silicon cantilevers with ultrafast electron microscopy." Journal of Materials Research, 32 (1): 239-247 [10.1557/jmr.2016.360]

    Cremons, D. R., D. A. Plemmons, and D. J. Flannigan. 2016. "Femtosecond electron imaging of defect-modulated phonon dynamics." Nature communications, 7: 11230 [10.1038/ncomms11230]

    Cremons, D. R., and D. J. Flannigan. 2016. "Direct in situ thermometry: Variations in reciprocal-lattice vectors and challenges with the Debye--Waller effect." Ultramicroscopy, 161: 10-16 [10.1016/j.ultramic.2015.10.022]

    Non-Refereed

    Sandford, M., P. G. Lucey, X. Sun, and D. Cremons. 2018. "A spectrographic receiver for laser spectrometers." Multispectral, Hyperspectral, and Ultraspectral Remote Sensing Technology, Techniques and Applications VII 10780: [10.1117/12.2324818]

    Cremons, D. R., J. B. Abshire, M. D. Smith, et al. S. D. Guzewich, H. Riris, X. Sun, A. W. Yu, G. Allan, and F. Hovis. 2018. "Development of a Mars lidar (MARLI) for measuring wind and aerosol profiles from orbit." Lidar Technologies, Techniques, and Measurements for Atmospheric Remote Sensing XIV [10.1117/12.2325408]

    Education

    2017 - PhD, Materials Science - Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

    2011 - BA, Chemistry, cum laude - Department of Chemistry, Carleton College, Northfield, MN

    Professional Societies

    American Geophysical Union, 2018 - Present
    Materials Research Society, 2015 - 2016

    Special Experience

    2018 - Planetary Science Summer Seminar 2018 (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

    Awards

    2017 - NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship, Universities Space Research Association

    2016 - Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota

    2016 - Outsdanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of Minnesota

    2015 - Excellence in Safety Award, University of Minnesota

    2011 - Distinction for Senior Integrative Exercise, Carleton College

    2006 - Eagle Scout Award, Boy Scouts of America

    Brief Bio

    Dan Cremons designs and tests laser remote sensing instruments for planetary science applications. Dan is currently working on developing a spectroscopic lidar system for lunar volatiles as well as maturing a doppler lidar system for aerosols and winds on Mars. He is also interested in new techniques that support science and exploration goals including navigation, spectrscopic mapping, and landing.

    His recent work has also focused on optical testing and flight qualification of laser retroreflector arrays for lunar landers, to be carried by NASA missions and for international and commerical partners.

    In addition to instrument development, he is interested in studying planetary atmospheres on Mars and Titan, as well as the history of volatiles in our solar system. He also has taken part in several mission design studies for New Frontiers-class missions to Uranus (JPL Planetary Science Summer School) and Mars (MARLI instrument scientist).

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Sun, X., D. E. Smith, E. D. Hoffman, et al. S. W. Wake, D. R. Cremons, E. Mazarico, J.-M. Lauenstein, and E. C. Aaron. 2019. "Small and Lightweight Laser Retro-Reflector Arrays for Lunar Landers." Applied Optics 58 (33): 9259-9266 [10.1364/AO.58.009259]

    Cremons, D. R., D. X. Du, and D. J. Flannigan. 2017. "Picosecond phase-velocity dispersion of hypersonic phonons imaged with ultrafast electron microscopy." Physical Review Materials 1 (7): 073801 [10.1103/physrevmaterials.1.073801]

    Cremons, D. R., D. A. Plemmons, and D. J. Flannigan. 2017. "Defect-mediated phonon dynamics in TaS2 and WSe2." Structural Dynamics 4 (4): 044019 [10.1063/1.4982817]

    Flannigan, D. J., D. R. Cremons, and D. T. Valley. 2017. "Multimodal visualization of the optomechanical response of silicon cantilevers with ultrafast electron microscopy." Journal of Materials Research 32 (1): 239-247 [10.1557/jmr.2016.360]

    Cremons, D. R., D. A. Plemmons, and D. J. Flannigan. 2016. "Femtosecond electron imaging of defect-modulated phonon dynamics." Nature communications 7 11230 [10.1038/ncomms11230]

    Cremons, D. R., and D. J. Flannigan. 2016. "Direct in situ thermometry: Variations in reciprocal-lattice vectors and challenges with the Debye--Waller effect." Ultramicroscopy 161 10-16 [10.1016/j.ultramic.2015.10.022]

    Non-Refereed

    Sandford, M., P. G. Lucey, X. Sun, and D. Cremons. 2018. "A spectrographic receiver for laser spectrometers." Multispectral, Hyperspectral, and Ultraspectral Remote Sensing Technology, Techniques and Applications VII 10780 [10.1117/12.2324818]

    Cremons, D. R., J. B. Abshire, M. D. Smith, et al. S. D. Guzewich, H. Riris, X. Sun, A. W. Yu, G. Allan, and F. Hovis. 2018. "Development of a Mars lidar (MARLI) for measuring wind and aerosol profiles from orbit." Lidar Technologies, Techniques, and Measurements for Atmospheric Remote Sensing XIV [10.1117/12.2325408]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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