Current Research

Currently, I am writing part of the data processing pipeline for SuperCam. 

 

My PhD research had the following focuses:

1) Using the Multiple Sphere T-matrix Model (MSTM) to model the visible and near infrared (VNIR) light scattering properties of space weathered lunar soil grains. This work will also be applicable to asteroid missions like OSIRIS-REx which is currently orbiting asteroid 101995 Bennu.

2) Measuring and modeling the VNIR optical properties of nanophase absorbers in a finely ground, scattering, silicate matrix. 

3) Simulating the effects of space weathering using in vacuo laser ablation and 10 keV proton implantation. We are building the experimental apparatus for this experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory's National Synchrotron Light Source II at the Submicron Resolution X-ray Imaging and Spectroscopy beamline. Once completed, we will be able to collect X-ray absorption spectroscopy and VNIR reflectance spectroscopy in situ while irradiating the sample with a high power frequency tunable nanosecond pulsed laser.