Sarah L Jones

Sarah L Jones

  • RESEARCH AST, FIELDS AND PARTICLES
  • 301.286.6570
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 675
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Sarah L. Jones joined the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as a research astrophysicist in 2010, where she develops instrumentation to study thermosphere-ionosphere coupling and the aurora and airglow from sounding rockets and small satellites. She is currently developing Time of Flight ion and neutral mass spectrometers for CubeSat applications.

    Current Projects

    Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer

    Dr. Jones and a team of scientists and engineers in the Heliophysics Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center have designed a versatile Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer (INMS) that can be used for a wide variety of science applications from CubeSat and large satellite platforms. The first version of the GSFC INMS was designed and built for NSF's ExoCube mission, launched in 2015 to measure the composition and density of ions and neutrals in the Earth’s exosphere. An INMS with enhanced electronics has flown on GSFC’s Dellingr CubeSat and will fly on NSF's ExoCube 2 and NASA's Plasma Enhancements in The Ionosphere-Thermosphere Satellite (petitSat) and Dione CubeSat missions.

    Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk

    Dr. Jones is the Mission Scientist for Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD), which is an Explorer Mission of Opportunity led by the University of Central Florida. GOLD successfully launched in January 2018 and began science operations in late 2018. The GOLD instrument provides a global measure of thermospheric temperature and composition.

    Loss through Auroral Microburst Pulsations

    Dr. Jones is the Principal Investigator for the Loss through Auroral Microburst Pulsations (LAMP) sounding rocket mission that will provide the first simultaneous in situ measurements of pulsating aurora and microburst electron fluxes, coordinated with extremely high frame rate optical images of the aurora. LAMP is a vital first step in quantifying the auroral contribution to magnetospheric electron loss, and potentially radiation belt loss, through microburst precipitation.

    Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics

    Dr. Jones is the Deputy Project Scientist for the Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics (TIMED) mission, a Solar Terrestrial Probes mission studying the influences of the Sun and humans on the Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere-Ionosphere.

    Education

    Ph.D. in Physics, University of New Hampshire, 2010
    B.A. in Physics, Dartmouth College, 2004

    Awards

    NASA GSFC, Special Act - Individual, GOLD Mission Scientist, 2020

    NASA GSFC, Special Act - Individual, petitSat INMS development lead, 2019

    NASA GSFC, Internal Research and Development Team Award for the Dellingr mission, 2018

    NASA, Early Career Achievement Medal, 2017

    NASA, Group Achievement Award for the Dellingr 6U SmallSat team, 2017

    NASA GSFC, Special Act - 670 INMS Instrument Team Award, 2015

    NASA GSFC, Special Act - EXOS Team Award, 2014

    NASA GSFC, Heliophysics Science Division Peer Award, 2011

    NASA, Group Achievement Award for the FASTSAT Instrument development team, 2011

    Other Professional Information

    Yu, A. W., M. A. Krainak, D. Janches, S. L. Jones and B. Blagojevic, 2019. "Space-based sodium LIDAR instrument and method of operation." U.S. Patent No. 10,429,243.

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Klenzing, J., R. Davidson, S. Jones, et al. C. Martinis, K. Zawdie, G. Earle, J. Smith, A. Halford, S. Noel, N. Paschalidis, R. Pfaff, and E. Robertson. 2020. "The petitSat Mission – Science Goals and Instrumentation." Advances in Space Research, 66 (1): 107-115 [10.1016/j.asr.2019.12.013]

    Kim, H., M. R. Lessard, S. L. Jones, et al. K. A. Lynch, P. A. Fernandes, A. L. Aruliah, M. J. Engebretson, J. I. Moen, K. Oksavik, A. G. Yahnin, and T. K. Yeoman. 2017. "Simultaneous Observations of Traveling Convection Vortices: Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling." Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 122 (5): 4943-4959 [10.1002/2017ja023904]

    Krainak, M. A., A. W. Yu, D. Janches, et al. S. L. Jones, B. Blagojevic, and J. R. Chen. 2014. "Self-Raman Nd:YVO4 laser and electro-optic technology for space-based sodium lidar instrument." Proc. SPIE 8959, Solid State Lasers XXIII: Technology and Devices, 8959: [10.1117/12.2041453]

    Jones, S. L., M. R. Lessard, K. Rychert, et al. E. Spanswick, E. Donovan, and A. N. Jaynes. 2013. "Persistent, widespread pulsating aurora: A case study." Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 118 (6): 2998-3006 [10.1002/jgra.50301]

    Cohen, I. J., M. R. Lessard, S. R. Kaeppler, et al. S. R. Bounds, C. A. Kletzing, A. V. Streltsov, J. W. LaBelle, M. P. Dombrowski, S. L. Jones, R. F. Pfaff, D. E. Rowland, B. J. Anderson, H. Korth, and J. W. Gjerloev. 2013. "Auroral Current and Electrodynamics Structure (ACES) observations of ionospheric feedback in the Alfven resonator and model responses." JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SPACE PHYSICS, 118: 3288-3296 [10.1002/jgra.50348]

    Kaeppler, S. R., C. A. Kletzing, S. R. Bounds, et al. J. W. Gjerloev, B. J. Anderson, H. Korth, J. W. LaBelle, M. P. Dombrowski, M. Lessard, R. F. Pfaff, D. E. Rowland, S. Jones, and C. J. Heinselman. 2012. "Current Closure in the Auroral Ionosphere: Results From the Auroral Current and Electrodynamics Structure Rocket Mission." Geophysical Monograph Series, 183-192 [10.1029/2011gm001177]

    Rowland, D. E., M. R. Collier, J. B. Sigwarth, et al. S. L. Jones, J. K. Hill, R. Benson, M. Choi, D. Chornay, J. Cooper, S. Feng, N. Gill, C. Goodloe, L. Han, H. Hancock, F. Hunsaker, N. Jones, J. W. Keller, J. Klenzing, I. Kleyner, T. Moore, K. Ogilvie, R. Pfaff, T. Price, J. Roman, M. Rodruiguez, P. Rozmarynowski, M. Saulino, S. Sheikh, K. Simms, A. Yew, E. Young, J. Kujawski, M. Boudreaux, J. Casas, D. Myre, and B. Smith. 2011. "Science of opportunity: Heliophysics on the FASTSAT mission and STP-S26." 2011 Aerospace Conference, [10.1109/aero.2011.5747235]

    Jones, S. L., M. R. Lessard, K. Rychert, E. Spanswick, and E. Donovan. 2011. "Large-scale aspects and temporal evolution of pulsating aurora." Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 116 (A3): [10.1029/2010ja015840]

    Jones, S., M. Lessard, P. Fernandes, et al. D. Lummerzheim, J. Semeter, C. Heinselman, K. Lynch, R. Michell, P. Kintner, H. Stenbaek-Nielsen, and K. Asamura. 2009. "PFISR and ROPA observations of pulsating aurora." Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, 71 (6-7): 708-716 [10.1016/j.jastp.2008.10.004]

    Jones, S. L., M. R. Lessard, P. W. Riley, and A. T. Ellis. 2008. "Development of the De-spun Rocket Borne Imager 2 in support of Rocket Observations of Pulsating Aurora." IRF Scientific Reports: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual European Meeting on Atmospheric Studies by Optical Methods, 292: Kiruna, Sweden: 67-71, ISBN: 978-91-977255-1-4.

    Lessard, M. R., E. J. Lund, S. L. Jones, et al. R. L. Arnoldy, J. L. Posch, M. J. Engebretson, and K. Hayashi. 2006. "Nature of Pi1B pulsations as inferred from ground and satellite observations." Geophysical Research Letters, 33 (14): L14108 [10.1029/2006gl026411]

    Leamon, R., R. Canfield, S. Jones, et al. K. Lambkin, B. Lundberg, and A. Pevtsov. 2004. "Helicity of magnetic clouds and their associated active regions." Journal of Geophysical Research (Space Physics), 109: A05106 [10.1029/2003JA010324]

    Yankielun, N., C. Ryerson, and S. Jones. 2002. "Wide-area Ice Detection Using Time Domain Reflectometry." ERDC/CRREL TR-02-15,

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Sarah L. Jones joined the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as a research astrophysicist in 2010, where she develops instrumentation to study thermosphere-ionosphere coupling and the aurora and airglow from sounding rockets and small satellites. She is currently developing Time of Flight ion and neutral mass spectrometers for CubeSat applications.

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Klenzing, J., R. Davidson, S. Jones, et al. C. Martinis, K. Zawdie, G. Earle, J. Smith, A. Halford, S. Noel, N. Paschalidis, R. Pfaff, and E. Robertson. 2020. "The petitSat Mission – Science Goals and Instrumentation." Advances in Space Research 66 (1): 107-115 [10.1016/j.asr.2019.12.013]

    Kim, H., M. R. Lessard, S. L. Jones, et al. K. A. Lynch, P. A. Fernandes, A. L. Aruliah, M. J. Engebretson, J. I. Moen, K. Oksavik, A. G. Yahnin, and T. K. Yeoman. 2017. "Simultaneous Observations of Traveling Convection Vortices: Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling." Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics 122 (5): 4943-4959 [10.1002/2017ja023904]

    Krainak, M. A., A. W. Yu, D. Janches, et al. S. L. Jones, B. Blagojevic, and J. R. Chen. 2014. "Self-Raman Nd:YVO4 laser and electro-optic technology for space-based sodium lidar instrument." Proc. SPIE 8959, Solid State Lasers XXIII: Technology and Devices 8959 [10.1117/12.2041453]

    Jones, S. L., M. R. Lessard, K. Rychert, et al. E. Spanswick, E. Donovan, and A. N. Jaynes. 2013. "Persistent, widespread pulsating aurora: A case study." Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics 118 (6): 2998-3006 [10.1002/jgra.50301]

    Cohen, I. J., M. R. Lessard, S. R. Kaeppler, et al. S. R. Bounds, C. A. Kletzing, A. V. Streltsov, J. W. LaBelle, M. P. Dombrowski, S. L. Jones, R. F. Pfaff, D. E. Rowland, B. J. Anderson, H. Korth, and J. W. Gjerloev. 2013. "Auroral Current and Electrodynamics Structure (ACES) observations of ionospheric feedback in the Alfven resonator and model responses." JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SPACE PHYSICS 118 3288-3296 [10.1002/jgra.50348]

    Kaeppler, S. R., C. A. Kletzing, S. R. Bounds, et al. J. W. Gjerloev, B. J. Anderson, H. Korth, J. W. LaBelle, M. P. Dombrowski, M. Lessard, R. F. Pfaff, D. E. Rowland, S. Jones, and C. J. Heinselman. 2012. "Current Closure in the Auroral Ionosphere: Results From the Auroral Current and Electrodynamics Structure Rocket Mission." Geophysical Monograph Series 183-192 [10.1029/2011gm001177]

    Rowland, D. E., M. R. Collier, J. B. Sigwarth, et al. S. L. Jones, J. K. Hill, R. Benson, M. Choi, D. Chornay, J. Cooper, S. Feng, N. Gill, C. Goodloe, L. Han, H. Hancock, F. Hunsaker, N. Jones, J. W. Keller, J. Klenzing, I. Kleyner, T. Moore, K. Ogilvie, R. Pfaff, T. Price, J. Roman, M. Rodruiguez, P. Rozmarynowski, M. Saulino, S. Sheikh, K. Simms, A. Yew, E. Young, J. Kujawski, M. Boudreaux, J. Casas, D. Myre, and B. Smith. 2011. "Science of opportunity: Heliophysics on the FASTSAT mission and STP-S26." 2011 Aerospace Conference [10.1109/aero.2011.5747235]

    Jones, S. L., M. R. Lessard, K. Rychert, E. Spanswick, and E. Donovan. 2011. "Large-scale aspects and temporal evolution of pulsating aurora." Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics 116 (A3): [10.1029/2010ja015840]

    Jones, S., M. Lessard, P. Fernandes, et al. D. Lummerzheim, J. Semeter, C. Heinselman, K. Lynch, R. Michell, P. Kintner, H. Stenbaek-Nielsen, and K. Asamura. 2009. "PFISR and ROPA observations of pulsating aurora." Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics 71 (6-7): 708-716 [10.1016/j.jastp.2008.10.004]

    Jones, S. L., M. R. Lessard, P. W. Riley, and A. T. Ellis. 2008. "Development of the De-spun Rocket Borne Imager 2 in support of Rocket Observations of Pulsating Aurora." IRF Scientific Reports: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual European Meeting on Atmospheric Studies by Optical Methods 292 67-71

    Lessard, M. R., E. J. Lund, S. L. Jones, et al. R. L. Arnoldy, J. L. Posch, M. J. Engebretson, and K. Hayashi. 2006. "Nature of Pi1B pulsations as inferred from ground and satellite observations." Geophysical Research Letters 33 (14): L14108 [10.1029/2006gl026411]

    Leamon, R., R. Canfield, S. Jones, et al. K. Lambkin, B. Lundberg, and A. Pevtsov. 2004. "Helicity of magnetic clouds and their associated active regions." Journal of Geophysical Research (Space Physics) 109 A05106 [10.1029/2003JA010324]

    Yankielun, N., C. Ryerson, and S. Jones. 2002. "Wide-area Ice Detection Using Time Domain Reflectometry." ERDC/CRREL TR-02-15

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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