Project Manager for the Space Geodesy Project (SGP), a new NASA initiative started at the end of 2011 in response to the Earth Science Decadal and the National Research Council study “Precise Geodetic Infrastructure.” SGP encompasses the development, operation, and maintenance of a Global Network of Space Geodetic instruments, a data transport and collection system, analysis and the public disseminations of data products required to maintain a stable terrestrial reference system. Ongoing tasks that include:
Project Manager for the Space Geodesy Project and Principal Investigator for the Global Positioning System Laser Retroreflector Array.
Preston, A., and S. Merkowitz. 2014. "Comparison of fabrication techniques for hollow retroreflectors." Opt. Eng, 53 (6): 065107 [10.1117/1.oe.53.6.065107]
Preston, A. M., and S. M. Merkowitz. 2013. "Next-generation hollow retroreflectors for lunar laser ranging." Applied Optics, 52 (36): 8676 [Full Text (Link)]
Merkowitz, S. M. 2010. "Tests of Gravity Using Lunar Laser Ranging." Living Reviews in Relativity, 13: 7 [Full Text (Link)]
Merkowitz, S. M. 2009. "Current LISA spacecraft design." J. Phys.: Conf. Ser., 154: 012021 [Full Text (Link)]
Merkowitz, S. M., P. Dabney, J. C. Livas, et al. J. L. Mcgarry, G. A. Neumann, and T. W. Zagwodzki. 2007. "Laser Ranging for Gravitational, Lunar and Planetary Science." International Journal of Modern Physics D, 16: 2151 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1142/S0218271807011565]
Merkowitz, S. M., A. Ahmad, T. T. Hyde, et al. T. Sweetser, J. Ziemer, S. Conkey, W. I. Kelly, and B. Shirgur. 2005. "LISA propulsion module separation study." Classical and Quantum Gravity, 22: 413 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1088/0264-9381/22/10/037]
Peabody, H., and S. M. Merkowitz. 2005. "LISA thermal design." Classical and Quantum Gravity, 22: 403 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1088/0264-9381/22/10/036]
Merkowitz, S. M., W. B. Haile, S. Conkey, W. I. Kelly, and H. Peabody. 2005. "Self-gravity modelling for LISA." Classical and Quantum Gravity, 22: 395 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1088/0264-9381/22/10/035]
Hyde, T. T., P. G. Maghami, and S. M. Merkowitz. 2004. "Pointing acquisition and performance for the laser interferometry space antenna mission." Class. Quant. Grav., 21: S635.
Merkowitz, S. M. 2004. "Structural, thermal, optical and gravitational modelling for LISA." Class. Quant. Grav., 21: S603.
Merkowitz, S. M. 2003. "The LISA integrated model." Class. Quant. Grav., 20: S255.
Merkowitz, S. M. 2002. "A µNewton thrust-stand for LISA." Class. Quant. Grav., 19: 1745.
Gundlach, J. H., and S. M. Merkowitz. 2000. "Measurement of Newton's Constant Using a Torsion Balance with Angular Acceleration Feedback." Phys. Rev. Lett., 85: 2869.
Merkowitz, S. M. 1999. "Final isolation stage for a spherical gravitational wave antenna." Rev. Sci. Instrum., 70: 1553.
Merkowitz, S. M. 1993. "Truncated Icosahedral Gravitational Wave Antenna." Phys. Rev. Lett., 70: 2367.
Merkowitz, S. M., J. Esper, L. M. Hilliard, et al. E. D. Hoffman, J. E. Horvath, F. G. Lemoine, J. L. Long, C. Ma, D. McCormick, J. L. Mcgarry, B. P. Michael, C. E. Noll, J. Sager, M. D. Shappirio, and S. L. Wetzel. 2016. "The NASA Space Geodesy Network." 20th International Workshop on Laser Ranging, Potsdam Germany, October 9-14, 2016 [Full Text (Link)]
Pearlman, M., G. Bianco, S. M. Merkowitz, et al. C. E. Noll, E. C. Pavlis, V. Shargorodsky, and Z. Zhang. 2016. "ILRS: Current Status and Future Challenges." American Geophysical Union 2016 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, December 06-12, 2016 [Full Text (Link)]
Ma, C., S. M. Merkowitz, and B. Luzum. 2014. "The Impact of NASA’s SGP and USNO on VGOS." Proceedings of the 8th IVS General Meeting, “VGOS: The New VLBI Network” [Full Text (Link)]
Krainak, M. A., and S. M. Merkowitz. 2008. "Direct-detection free-space laser transceiver test-bed." Proc. SPIE 6877: 687703 [Full Text (Link)]
Preston, A., and S. Merkowitz. 2014. "Comparison of fabrication techniques for hollow retroreflectors." Opt. Eng 53 (6): 065107 [10.1117/1.oe.53.6.065107]
Preston, A. M., and S. M. Merkowitz. 2013. "Next-generation hollow retroreflectors for lunar laser ranging." Applied Optics 52 (36): 8676 [Full Text (Link)]
Merkowitz, S. M. 2010. "Tests of Gravity Using Lunar Laser Ranging." Living Reviews in Relativity 13 7 [Full Text (Link)]
Merkowitz, S. M. 2009. "Current LISA spacecraft design." J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 154 012021 [Full Text (Link)]
Merkowitz, S. M., P. Dabney, J. C. Livas, et al. J. L. Mcgarry, G. A. Neumann, and T. W. Zagwodzki. 2007. "Laser Ranging for Gravitational, Lunar and Planetary Science." International Journal of Modern Physics D 16 2151 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1142/S0218271807011565]
Merkowitz, S. M., A. Ahmad, T. T. Hyde, et al. T. Sweetser, J. Ziemer, S. Conkey, W. I. Kelly, and B. Shirgur. 2005. "LISA propulsion module separation study." Classical and Quantum Gravity 22 413 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1088/0264-9381/22/10/037]
Peabody, H., and S. M. Merkowitz. 2005. "LISA thermal design." Classical and Quantum Gravity 22 403 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1088/0264-9381/22/10/036]
Merkowitz, S. M., W. B. Haile, S. Conkey, W. I. Kelly, and H. Peabody. 2005. "Self-gravity modelling for LISA." Classical and Quantum Gravity 22 395 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1088/0264-9381/22/10/035]
Hyde, T. T., P. G. Maghami, and S. M. Merkowitz. 2004. "Pointing acquisition and performance for the laser interferometry space antenna mission." Class. Quant. Grav. 21 S635
Merkowitz, S. M. 2004. "Structural, thermal, optical and gravitational modelling for LISA." Class. Quant. Grav. 21 S603
Merkowitz, S. M. 2003. "The LISA integrated model." Class. Quant. Grav. 20 S255
Merkowitz, S. M. 2002. "A µNewton thrust-stand for LISA." Class. Quant. Grav. 19 1745
Gundlach, J. H., and S. M. Merkowitz. 2000. "Measurement of Newton's Constant Using a Torsion Balance with Angular Acceleration Feedback." Phys. Rev. Lett. 85 2869
Merkowitz, S. M. 1999. "Final isolation stage for a spherical gravitational wave antenna." Rev. Sci. Instrum. 70 1553
Merkowitz, S. M. 1993. "Truncated Icosahedral Gravitational Wave Antenna." Phys. Rev. Lett. 70 2367
Merkowitz, S. M., J. Esper, L. M. Hilliard, et al. E. D. Hoffman, J. E. Horvath, F. G. Lemoine, J. L. Long, C. Ma, D. McCormick, J. L. Mcgarry, B. P. Michael, C. E. Noll, J. Sager, M. D. Shappirio, and S. L. Wetzel. 2016. "The NASA Space Geodesy Network." 20th International Workshop on Laser Ranging, Potsdam Germany, October 9-14, 2016 [Full Text (Link)]
Pearlman, M., G. Bianco, S. M. Merkowitz, et al. C. E. Noll, E. C. Pavlis, V. Shargorodsky, and Z. Zhang. 2016. "ILRS: Current Status and Future Challenges." American Geophysical Union 2016 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, December 06-12, 2016 [Full Text (Link)]
Ma, C., S. M. Merkowitz, and B. Luzum. 2014. "The Impact of NASA’s SGP and USNO on VGOS." Proceedings of the 8th IVS General Meeting, “VGOS: The New VLBI Network” [Full Text (Link)]
Krainak, M. A., and S. M. Merkowitz. 2008. "Direct-detection free-space laser transceiver test-bed." Proc. SPIE 6877 687703 [Full Text (Link)]