Dr. Shahid Aslam

Dr. Shahid Aslam

  • AST, PLANETARY STUDIES
  • 301.614.6961
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 693
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    Over 25 years of space instrument hardware development experience with direct contributions to the following NASA flight programs: Pressure Modulated Infra-Red Radiometer (PMIRR) on Mars Observer; Composite Infra-Red Spectrometer (CIRS) on Cassini; Gas and Aerosol Monitoring Sensor-craft (GAMS); Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (SAGE III) and James Web Space Telescope (JWST).

    https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=6erZJw0AAAAJ&hl=en

    Research Interests

    Infra-Red Radiometry and Spectroscopy

    Development of infra-red radiometers and Fourier transform spectrometers for remote sensing of planetary atmospheres.

    Net Flux Energy in Planetary Atmospheres

    Development of advanced net flux radiometers for studying the atmospheric (thermal) structure of planetary atmospheres, in particular to, (i) determine the planet’s atmospheric heat balance and (ii) determine the planet’s tropospheric 3-D flow.

    Time Resolved Raman and Photoluminescence Spectroscopy

    Development of instrumentaion to carry out in-situ time-resolved Raman and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, of samples collected from planetary regoliths, to discover, if present, the types and distribution of biotic and abiotic organic compounds, measure CHNOPS containing organics and minerals and correlate them to radiolysis processed and textural features. 

    Current Projects

    Portable flow inferencing device using Fourier Ptychography and Deep Learning for detection of biosignatures, CIF Award, NASA HQ, Principal Investigator

    MIRMIS, ESA F-Class Comet Interceptor Mission, Co-Investigator

    Advanced Net Flux Radiometer Focal Plane Assembly for Ice Giants, NASA ROSES PICASSO, Principal Investigator

    Development of a Prototype for the Thermal Infrared Composite Imaging Spectrometer (TIRCIS) Instrument, NASA ROSES PICASSO, Co-Investigator

    Doped-Si Thermopiles for Net Flux Radiometer Applications, Goddard IRAD, Co-Investigator

    Positions/Employment

    1/2018 - 10/2019

    Instrument Scientist, Non Dispersive Infra-Red Gas Analyzer (NDIRGA), CAESAR

    NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD, 20771
    6/2013 - 12/2018

    Instrument Scientist - CIRS/CASSINI

    NASA/Goddard, Greenbelt, MD, 20771
    9/2013 - 9/2014

    Principal Investigator of ROSES ICEE "Thermal Imager for Europa Reconnaissance (TIMER)"

    NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD, 20771
    9/2013 - 1/2015

    Co-Investigator (NASA PI), MiniFTS for SmallSat Applications

    NASA/Goddard, Greenbelt, MD, 20771
    1/2010 - Present

    Space Scientist

    NASA/Goddard, Greenbelt, MD, 20771
    7/1996 - 4/2010

    Principal Scientist

    Raytheon Corporation, NASA, GSFC Detector Systems Branch Greenbelt, MD, 20771

    Education

    • D.Phil., Planetary Physics, St. Cross College, University of Oxford, UK
    • M.Sc., Crystallography, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
    • B.Sc., Applied Physics, The City University, London, UK

    Professional Societies

    Philosophical Society of Washington DC, 2018 - Present
    Member
    American Astronomical Society (AAS), 2010 - Present
    Member
    Division of Planetary Science (DPS - AAS), 2010 - Present
    Member
    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2014 - Present
    Member

    Awards

    1. 2003 NASA Contractor Excellence Award
    2. 2005 NASA Public Service Award Medal
    3. 2008 United States Patent #7,34,932: Schottky Barrier Diode
    4. 2015 United States Patent #9,024,271 B1
    5. 2016 United States Patent #9,285,268 B2
    6. 2017 United States Patent #9,685,913 B2: Auto-zero Differential Amplifier
    7. 2018 United States Patent # 9,985,594 B2: Gated CDS Integrator
    8. 2018 United States Patent #10,158,335 B2: Gated CDS Integrator (Continuation)
    9. 2019 United States Patent #10,184,839 B1: Nanostructered Vanadium Oxide Uncooled Bolometers and Method of Fabrication

    Publications

    Refereed

    Aslam, S., R. K. Achterberg, S. B. Calcutt, et al. V. Cottini, N. J. Gorius, T. Hewagama, P. G. Irwin, C. A. Nixon, G. Quilligan, M. Roos-Serote, A. A. Simon, D. Tran, and G. Villanueva. 2020. "Advanced Net Flux Radiometer for the Ice Giants." Space Science Reviews, 216 (1): 11 [10.1007/s11214-019-0630-x]

    Nixon, C. A., S. Aslam, S. Guzewich, et al. J. Esper, S. N. Thompson, T. Hewagama, D. Tran, and G. Nehmetallah. 2019. "TEAM - Titan Exploration Atmospheric Microprobes." 2019 IEEE Aerospace Conference, [10.1109/aero.2019.8742127]

    Hewagama, T., J. M. Bauer, K. Hughes, et al. D. Jennings, K. Brown, P. E. Clark, M. Daly, L. Feaga, D. Folta, N. Gorius, T. Hurford, M. Mumma, T. Livengood, C. Nixon, J. Sunshine, G. Villanueva, A. Zucherman, B. Malphrus, and S. Aslam. 2018. "Overview of Primitive Object Volatile Explorer (PrOVE) CubeSat or Smallsat concept." CubeSats and NanoSats for Remote Sensing II, [10.1117/12.2321264]

    Mousis, O., D. Atkinson, T. Cavalié, et al. L. Fletcher, M. Amato, S. Aslam, F. Ferri, J.-B. Renard, T. Spilker, E. Venkatapathy, P. Wurz, K. Aplin, A. Coustenis, M. Deleuil, M. Dobrijevic, T. Fouchet, T. Guillot, P. Hartogh, T. Hewagama, M. Hofstadter, V. Hue, R. Hueso, J.-P. Lebreton, E. Lellouch, J. Moses, G. Orton, J. Pearl, A. Sánchez-Lavega, A. Simon, O. Venot, J. Waite, R. Achterberg, S. Atreya, F. Billebaud, M. Blanc, F. Borget, B. Brugger, S. Charnoz, T. Chiavassa, V. Cottini, L. d’Hendecourt, G. Danger, T. Encrenaz, N. Gorius, L. Jorda, B. Marty, R. Moreno, A. Morse, C. Nixon, K. Reh, T. Ronnet, F.-X. Schmider, S. Sheridan, C. Sotin, P. Vernazza, and G. Villanueva. 2018. "Scientific rationale for Uranus and Neptune in situ explorations." Planetary and Space Science, 155: 12-40 [10.1016/j.pss.2017.10.005]

    Nag, S., T. Hewagama, G. Georgiev, et al. B. Pasquale, S. Aslam, and C. K. Gatebe. 2017. "Multispectral Snapshot Imagers onboard Small Satellite Formations for Multi-Angular Remote Sensing." IEEE Sensors Journal, 17 (16): [10.1109/jsen.2017.2717384]

    Jennings, D. E., F. M. Flasar, V. G. Kunde, et al. C. A. Nixon, M. E. Segura, P. N. Romani, N. Gorius, S. Albright, J. C. Brasunas, R. C. Carlson, A. A. Mamoutkine, E. Guandique, M. S. Kaelberer, S. Aslam, R. K. Achterberg, G. L. Bjoraker, C. M. Anderson, V. Cottini, J. C. Pearl, M. D. Smith, B. E. Hesman, R. D. Barney, S. Calcutt, T. J. Vellacott, L. J. Spilker, S. G. Edgington, S. M. Brooks, P. Ade, P. J. Schinder, A. Coustenis, R. Courtin, G. Michel, R. Fettig, S. Pilorz, and C. Ferrari. 2017. "Composite infrared spectrometer (CIRS) on Cassini: publisher’s note." Applied Optics, 56 (21): 5897 [10.1364/ao.56.005897]

    Jennings, D. E., F. M. Flasar, V. G. Kunde, et al. C. A. Nixon, M. E. Segura, P. N. Romani, N. Gorius, S. Albright, J. C. Brasunas, R. C. Carlson, A. A. Mamoutkine, E. Guandique, M. S. Kaelberer, S. Aslam, R. K. Achterberg, G. L. Bjoraker, C. M. Anderson, V. Cottini, J. C. Pearl, M. D. Smith, B. E. Hesman, R. D. Barney, S. Calcutt, T. J. Vellacott, L. J. Spilker, S. G. Edgington, S. M. Brooks, P. Ade, P. J. Schinder, A. Coustenis, R. Courtin, G. Michel, R. Fettig, S. Pilorz, and C. Ferrari. 2017. "Composite infrared spectrometer (CIRS) on Cassini." Applied Optics, 56 (18): 5274 [10.1364/ao.56.005274]

    Aslam, S., M. Amato, N. Bowles, et al. S. Calcutt, T. Hewagama, J. Howard, C. Howett, W.-T. Hsieh, T. Hurford, J. Hurley, P. Irwin, D. E. Jennings, E. Kessler, B. Lakew, M. Loeffler, M. Mellon, A. Nicoletti, C. A. Nixon, N. Putzig, G. Quilligan, J. Rathbun, M. Segura, J. Spencer, J. Spitale, and G. West. 2016. "Dual-telescope multi-channel thermal-infrared radiometer for outer planet fly-by missions." Acta Astronautica, 128: 628-639 [10.1016/j.actaastro.2016.08.009]

    Mousis, O., S. Aslam, C. A. Nixon, et al. D. Atkinson, T. Spilker, E. Venkatapathy, and J. Poncy. 2016. "The Hera Saturn Entry Probe Mission." Planetary and Space Science , 130: 80-103 [10.1016/j.pss.2015.06.020]

    Aslam, S., M. J. Amato, D. Atkinson, et al. A. Colaprete, T. Hewaganma, D. E. Jennings, J. Lunine, C. A. Nixon, A. A. Simon, O. Mousis, and E. J. Wollack. 2015. "Net Flux Radiometer for a Saturn Probe." European Planetary Science Congress, 10: 388-389. (Submitted)

    Quilligan, G. T., S. Aslam, B. Lakew, et al. R. B. Katz, J. DuMonthier, and I. Kleyner. 2014. "A 0.18μm CMOS Thermopile Readout ASIC Immune to 50 Mrad Total Ionizing Dose (Si) and Single Event Latchup to 174 MeV-cm2/mg." International Workshop on Instrumentation for Planetary Missions (IPM-2014),

    Aslam, S., A. Akturk, and G. T. Quilligan. 2012. "A Radiation Hard Multi-Channel Digitizer ASIC for Operation in the Harsh Jovian Environment." Extreme Environment Electronics, 849-862, ISBN: 978-1-439.

    Aslam, S., T. Hewagama, D. E. Jennings, and C. A. Nixon. 2012. "A Near Infrared and Thermal Imager for Mapping Tttan's Surface Features." Titan Through Time II Workshop, 35.

    Aslam, S., G. Gronoff, T. Hewagama, S. Janz, and C. Kotecki. 2012. "GaN-based Detector Technology for Next Generation Ultraviolet Planetary Missions." International Workshop on Instrumentation for Planetary Missions (IPM-2012),

    Merrell, W. C., S. Aslam, A. D. Brown, et al. J. A. Chervenak, M. A. Quijada, and E. J. Wollack. 2012. "Compact Micromachined Infrared Bandpass Filters for Planetary Spectroscopy." Applied Optics, 51 (15): 3046-3053.

    Lakew, B., S. Aslam, J. C. Brasunas, et al. N. Cao, N. Costen, A. La, L. Nguyen, T. Stevenson, and A. Waczynski. 2012. "MgB2 thin-film bolometer for applications in far-infrared instruments on future planetary missions." Physica C , 483: 119-126.

    Nixon, C. A., N. A. Teanby, S. B. Calcutt, et al. S. Aslam, D. E. Jennings, V. G. Kunde, F. M. Flasar, P. G. Irwin, F. W. Taylor, D. A. Glenar, and M. D. Smith. 2010. "Infrared limb sounding of Titan with the Cassini Composite InfraRed Spectrometer: effects of the mid-IR detector spatial responses: errata." Applied Optics, 49 (29): 5575 [10.1364/ao.49.005575]

    Lakew, B., S. Aslam, H. Jones, T. Stevenson, and N. Cao. 2010. "1/f noise in the superconducting transition of a MgB2 thin film." Physica C, Superconductivity., 470 (9-10): 451-455.

    Aslam, S., T. R. Stevenson, and B. Lakew. 2009. "Etching of MgB2 Thin Films for Transition Edge Superconducting Bolometer Fabrication." IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, 19 (3): 257-260.

    Nixon, C. A., N. A. Teanby, S. B. Calcutt, et al. S. Aslam, D. E. Jennings, V. G. Kunde, F. M. Flasar, P. G. Irwin, F. W. Taylor, D. A. Glenar, and M. D. Smith. 2009. "Infrared limb sounding of Titan with the Cassini Composite InfraRed Spectrometer: effects of the mid-IR detector spatial responses." Applied Optics, 48 (10): 1912 [10.1364/ao.48.001912]

    Aslam, S., H. Jones, and B. Lakew. 2007. "“Low-frequency noise measurements of high-Tc superconducting films: effect of DC capacitor in experimental setup”." Electronics Letters, 43 (23):

    Lakew, B., S. Aslam, H. H. Jones, et al. B. Moeckly, J. C. Brasunas, and D. Franz. 2006. "Effects of ionizing radiation on noise in MgB2 thin films- a candidate material for detectors for post-Cassini planetary missions." Physica C, 440: 1-5.

    Lakew, B., J. Brasunas, S. Aslam, and D. E. Pugel. 2004. "Transition-edge superconducting (TES) bolometer on monolithic sapphire membrane - construction and performance." Sensors & Actuators A,

    Brief Bio

    Over 25 years of space instrument hardware development experience with direct contributions to the following NASA flight programs: Pressure Modulated Infra-Red Radiometer (PMIRR) on Mars Observer; Composite Infra-Red Spectrometer (CIRS) on Cassini; Gas and Aerosol Monitoring Sensor-craft (GAMS); Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (SAGE III) and James Web Space Telescope (JWST).

    https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=6erZJw0AAAAJ&hl=en

    Publications

    Refereed

    Aslam, S., R. K. Achterberg, S. B. Calcutt, et al. V. Cottini, N. J. Gorius, T. Hewagama, P. G. Irwin, C. A. Nixon, G. Quilligan, M. Roos-Serote, A. A. Simon, D. Tran, and G. Villanueva. 2020. "Advanced Net Flux Radiometer for the Ice Giants." Space Science Reviews 216 (1): 11 [10.1007/s11214-019-0630-x]

    Nixon, C. A., S. Aslam, S. Guzewich, et al. J. Esper, S. N. Thompson, T. Hewagama, D. Tran, and G. Nehmetallah. 2019. "TEAM - Titan Exploration Atmospheric Microprobes." 2019 IEEE Aerospace Conference [10.1109/aero.2019.8742127]

    Hewagama, T., J. M. Bauer, K. Hughes, et al. D. Jennings, K. Brown, P. E. Clark, M. Daly, L. Feaga, D. Folta, N. Gorius, T. Hurford, M. Mumma, T. Livengood, C. Nixon, J. Sunshine, G. Villanueva, A. Zucherman, B. Malphrus, and S. Aslam. 2018. "Overview of Primitive Object Volatile Explorer (PrOVE) CubeSat or Smallsat concept." CubeSats and NanoSats for Remote Sensing II [10.1117/12.2321264]

    Mousis, O., D. Atkinson, T. Cavalié, et al. L. Fletcher, M. Amato, S. Aslam, F. Ferri, J.-B. Renard, T. Spilker, E. Venkatapathy, P. Wurz, K. Aplin, A. Coustenis, M. Deleuil, M. Dobrijevic, T. Fouchet, T. Guillot, P. Hartogh, T. Hewagama, M. Hofstadter, V. Hue, R. Hueso, J.-P. Lebreton, E. Lellouch, J. Moses, G. Orton, J. Pearl, A. Sánchez-Lavega, A. Simon, O. Venot, J. Waite, R. Achterberg, S. Atreya, F. Billebaud, M. Blanc, F. Borget, B. Brugger, S. Charnoz, T. Chiavassa, V. Cottini, L. d’Hendecourt, G. Danger, T. Encrenaz, N. Gorius, L. Jorda, B. Marty, R. Moreno, A. Morse, C. Nixon, K. Reh, T. Ronnet, F.-X. Schmider, S. Sheridan, C. Sotin, P. Vernazza, and G. Villanueva. 2018. "Scientific rationale for Uranus and Neptune in situ explorations." Planetary and Space Science 155 12-40 [10.1016/j.pss.2017.10.005]

    Nag, S., T. Hewagama, G. Georgiev, et al. B. Pasquale, S. Aslam, and C. K. Gatebe. 2017. "Multispectral Snapshot Imagers onboard Small Satellite Formations for Multi-Angular Remote Sensing." IEEE Sensors Journal 17 (16): [10.1109/jsen.2017.2717384]

    Jennings, D. E., F. M. Flasar, V. G. Kunde, et al. C. A. Nixon, M. E. Segura, P. N. Romani, N. Gorius, S. Albright, J. C. Brasunas, R. C. Carlson, A. A. Mamoutkine, E. Guandique, M. S. Kaelberer, S. Aslam, R. K. Achterberg, G. L. Bjoraker, C. M. Anderson, V. Cottini, J. C. Pearl, M. D. Smith, B. E. Hesman, R. D. Barney, S. Calcutt, T. J. Vellacott, L. J. Spilker, S. G. Edgington, S. M. Brooks, P. Ade, P. J. Schinder, A. Coustenis, R. Courtin, G. Michel, R. Fettig, S. Pilorz, and C. Ferrari. 2017. "Composite infrared spectrometer (CIRS) on Cassini: publisher’s note." Applied Optics 56 (21): 5897 [10.1364/ao.56.005897]

    Jennings, D. E., F. M. Flasar, V. G. Kunde, et al. C. A. Nixon, M. E. Segura, P. N. Romani, N. Gorius, S. Albright, J. C. Brasunas, R. C. Carlson, A. A. Mamoutkine, E. Guandique, M. S. Kaelberer, S. Aslam, R. K. Achterberg, G. L. Bjoraker, C. M. Anderson, V. Cottini, J. C. Pearl, M. D. Smith, B. E. Hesman, R. D. Barney, S. Calcutt, T. J. Vellacott, L. J. Spilker, S. G. Edgington, S. M. Brooks, P. Ade, P. J. Schinder, A. Coustenis, R. Courtin, G. Michel, R. Fettig, S. Pilorz, and C. Ferrari. 2017. "Composite infrared spectrometer (CIRS) on Cassini." Applied Optics 56 (18): 5274 [10.1364/ao.56.005274]

    Aslam, S., M. Amato, N. Bowles, et al. S. Calcutt, T. Hewagama, J. Howard, C. Howett, W.-T. Hsieh, T. Hurford, J. Hurley, P. Irwin, D. E. Jennings, E. Kessler, B. Lakew, M. Loeffler, M. Mellon, A. Nicoletti, C. A. Nixon, N. Putzig, G. Quilligan, J. Rathbun, M. Segura, J. Spencer, J. Spitale, and G. West. 2016. "Dual-telescope multi-channel thermal-infrared radiometer for outer planet fly-by missions." Acta Astronautica 128 628-639 [10.1016/j.actaastro.2016.08.009]

    Mousis, O., S. Aslam, C. A. Nixon, et al. D. Atkinson, T. Spilker, E. Venkatapathy, and J. Poncy. 2016. "The Hera Saturn Entry Probe Mission." Planetary and Space Science 130 80-103 [10.1016/j.pss.2015.06.020]

    Aslam, S., M. J. Amato, D. Atkinson, et al. A. Colaprete, T. Hewaganma, D. E. Jennings, J. Lunine, C. A. Nixon, A. A. Simon, O. Mousis, and E. J. Wollack. 2015. "Net Flux Radiometer for a Saturn Probe." European Planetary Science Congress (Submitted) 10 388-389

    Quilligan, G. T., S. Aslam, B. Lakew, et al. R. B. Katz, J. DuMonthier, and I. Kleyner. 2014. "A 0.18μm CMOS Thermopile Readout ASIC Immune to 50 Mrad Total Ionizing Dose (Si) and Single Event Latchup to 174 MeV-cm2/mg." International Workshop on Instrumentation for Planetary Missions (IPM-2014)

    Aslam, S., A. Akturk, and G. T. Quilligan. 2012. "A Radiation Hard Multi-Channel Digitizer ASIC for Operation in the Harsh Jovian Environment." Extreme Environment Electronics 849-862

    Aslam, S., T. Hewagama, D. E. Jennings, and C. A. Nixon. 2012. "A Near Infrared and Thermal Imager for Mapping Tttan's Surface Features." Titan Through Time II Workshop 35

    Aslam, S., G. Gronoff, T. Hewagama, S. Janz, and C. Kotecki. 2012. "GaN-based Detector Technology for Next Generation Ultraviolet Planetary Missions." International Workshop on Instrumentation for Planetary Missions (IPM-2012)

    Merrell, W. C., S. Aslam, A. D. Brown, et al. J. A. Chervenak, M. A. Quijada, and E. J. Wollack. 2012. "Compact Micromachined Infrared Bandpass Filters for Planetary Spectroscopy." Applied Optics 51 (15): 3046-3053

    Lakew, B., S. Aslam, J. C. Brasunas, et al. N. Cao, N. Costen, A. La, L. Nguyen, T. Stevenson, and A. Waczynski. 2012. "MgB2 thin-film bolometer for applications in far-infrared instruments on future planetary missions." Physica C 483 119-126

    Nixon, C. A., N. A. Teanby, S. B. Calcutt, et al. S. Aslam, D. E. Jennings, V. G. Kunde, F. M. Flasar, P. G. Irwin, F. W. Taylor, D. A. Glenar, and M. D. Smith. 2010. "Infrared limb sounding of Titan with the Cassini Composite InfraRed Spectrometer: effects of the mid-IR detector spatial responses: errata." Applied Optics 49 (29): 5575 [10.1364/ao.49.005575]

    Lakew, B., S. Aslam, H. Jones, T. Stevenson, and N. Cao. 2010. "1/f noise in the superconducting transition of a MgB2 thin film." Physica C, Superconductivity. 470 (9-10): 451-455

    Aslam, S., T. R. Stevenson, and B. Lakew. 2009. "Etching of MgB2 Thin Films for Transition Edge Superconducting Bolometer Fabrication." IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity 19 (3): 257-260

    Nixon, C. A., N. A. Teanby, S. B. Calcutt, et al. S. Aslam, D. E. Jennings, V. G. Kunde, F. M. Flasar, P. G. Irwin, F. W. Taylor, D. A. Glenar, and M. D. Smith. 2009. "Infrared limb sounding of Titan with the Cassini Composite InfraRed Spectrometer: effects of the mid-IR detector spatial responses." Applied Optics 48 (10): 1912 [10.1364/ao.48.001912]

    Aslam, S., H. Jones, and B. Lakew. 2007. "“Low-frequency noise measurements of high-Tc superconducting films: effect of DC capacitor in experimental setup”." Electronics Letters 43 (23):

    Lakew, B., S. Aslam, H. H. Jones, et al. B. Moeckly, J. C. Brasunas, and D. Franz. 2006. "Effects of ionizing radiation on noise in MgB2 thin films- a candidate material for detectors for post-Cassini planetary missions." Physica C 440 1-5

    Lakew, B., J. Brasunas, S. Aslam, and D. E. Pugel. 2004. "Transition-edge superconducting (TES) bolometer on monolithic sapphire membrane - construction and performance." Sensors & Actuators A

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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