Dr. Kurt D. Retherford
Staff Scientist at Southwest Research Institute
SPIE Involvement:
Conference Program Committee | Conference Chair | Author | Editor
Area of Expertise:
atmospheres , aurora , ultraviolet , spectroscopy , planetary , mission design
Profile Summary

Dr. Retherford is a planetary scientist specializing in the use of space-based UV observations to study planetary atmospheres and surfaces. His research interests include the aurorae and airglow of the Galilean satellites, Jupiter, the Moon, Mars, and gas giant planets. He has published several technical papers in refereed journals regarding the atmospheres of the Galilean satellites and their interaction with Jupiter's magnetosphere, and his dissertation titled "Io's Aurora: HST/STIS Observations."
As an observationalist, Dr. Retherford uses several NASA observatories, including the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), Gemini South, and the IRTF (Infrared Telescope Facility). Mission activities include Principal Investigator for the LRO Lyman-Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP), Deputy PI of the JUICE Ultraviolet Spectrograph (UVS), U.S. CoI on Mars Express SPICAM, and New Horizons Alice Instrument Team member. Lab work includes development of a vacuum-UV chamber at SwRI used in planetary volatile FUV reflectivity studies. He has experience with several instrument and mission design studies with a focus on ultraviolet spectrographs, and leads a PIDDP program to optimize CMOS imaging arrays for far-UV instruments.
Publications (16)

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | August 29, 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10397, UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XX
KEYWORDS: Imaging spectroscopy, Ultraviolet radiation, Spectroscopes, Reconnaissance, Space operations, Microchannel plates, Spectrographs, Aerospace engineering, Space reconnaissance

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | July 27, 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9915, High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy VII
KEYWORDS: Jupiter, Sensors, Microchannel plates, Gamma radiation, Ultraviolet radiation, Spectrographs, Particles, Photons, Silica, Electronics

SPIE Journal Paper | September 11, 2015
JATIS Vol. 1 Issue 04
KEYWORDS: Silicon, Semiconducting wafers, Ultraviolet radiation, Sensors, Oxides, Quantum efficiency, Doping, CMOS technology, Imaging arrays, Antimony

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | August 24, 2015
Proc. SPIE. 9601, UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XIX
KEYWORDS: Sensors, Mirrors, Light scattering, Space operations, Stray light, Ultraviolet radiation, Spectrographs, Reflectivity, Lamps, Diffraction gratings

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | July 25, 2014
Proc. SPIE. 9144, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
KEYWORDS: Calibration, Ultraviolet radiation, Spectrographs, Sensors, Lamps, Photodiodes, Mirrors, Diodes, Monochromators, Silicon

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | July 23, 2014
Proc. SPIE. 9154, High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy VI
KEYWORDS: Silicon, Semiconducting wafers, Sensors, Ultraviolet radiation, Doping, Oxides, Quantum efficiency, CMOS sensors, Antimony, CMOS devices

Showing 5 of 16 publications
Conference Committee Involvement (2)
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts V
21 August 2011 | San Diego, California, United States
X-Ray, UV, Visible, and IR Instrumentation for Planetary Missions
4 August 2009 | San Diego, California, United States
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