Dr. Kurt D. Retherford
Staff Scientist at Southwest Research Institute
SPIE Involvement:
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 (26)

Proceedings Article | 5 October 2023 Presentation + Paper
Michael Davis, Maarten Versteeg, G. Randall Gladstone, Sue Ferrell, Philippa Molyneux, Steven Persyn, Kurt Retherford
Proceedings Volume 12678, 126780X (2023) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2675923
KEYWORDS: Ultraviolet radiation, Space operations, Microchannel plates, Vacuum, Histograms, Calibration, Spectrographs, Equipment, Light sources and illumination

Proceedings Article | 31 August 2022 Poster + Presentation + Paper
Michael Velez, Kurt Retherford, Vincent Hue, Joshua Kammer, G. Randall Gladstone, Michael Davis, Thomas Greathouse, Tracy Becker, Philippa Molyneux, Shawn Brooks, Ujjwal Raut, Andrew Steffl, Maarten Versteeg
Proceedings Volume 12181, 1218133 (2022) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2630352
KEYWORDS: Ultraviolet radiation, Stars, Data modeling, Jupiter, Spectrographs, Atmospheric modeling, Spectral models, Reflectivity, Pluto, Oxygen

Proceedings Article | 31 August 2022 Poster + Paper
Michael Davis, Kurt Retherford, Philippa Molyneux, G. Randall Gladstone, Noel Eloriaga, Rohini Giles, Thomas Greathouse, Ujjwal Raut, Todd Veach, Sue Ferrell, Maarten Versteeg, Matthew Freeman, Kristian Persson
Proceedings Volume 12181, 1218138 (2022) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2630530
KEYWORDS: Calibration, Sensors, Ultraviolet radiation, Spatial resolution, Spectrographs, Microchannel plates, Point spread functions, Aluminum, Spectral resolution

Proceedings Article | 24 August 2021 Presentation + Paper
Proceedings Volume 11821, 118210A (2021) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2594177
KEYWORDS: Sensors, Microchannel plates, Electronics, Quantum efficiency, Borosilicate glass, Resistance, Spectrographs, Far ultraviolet

Proceedings Article | 11 June 2021 Open Access Presentation + Paper
Proceedings Volume 11852, 1185226 (2021) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2599357

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Proceedings Volume Editor (1)

SPIE Conference Volume | 11 September 2009

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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