Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM
Dr. R. C. Elphic received his B.S. in Astronomy in 1975 from the University of Arizona. He attended graduate school at UCLA, receiving a M.S. in Geophysics and Space Physics in 1978 and a Ph.D. in 1982. Between 1982 and early 1984 he worked as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at Goddard Space Flight Center with Larry Brace. He returned to UCLA in 1984 to manage the data reduction of the International Sun-Earth Explorer (ISEE 1 and 2) and Active Magnetospheric Particle Tracer Experiment (AMPTE) UKS magnetometer projects, and carried out research on these projects. In 1984 he also served as chairman of the Non-imaging Software subcommittee of the Planetary Science Analysis Support System (PSASS) study group, sponsored by the Planetary Science Data Steering Group. He participated in the testing, calibration and integration of the Pioneer Venus orbiter and ISEE 1 and 2 magnetometers, and in the development of the reduction and analysis software for these and the AMPTE UKS flight projects. Presently a member of the plasma team in the Space and Atmospheric Sciences group at Los Alamos National Laboratory, he is involved in the design and development of plasma analyzers and ion mass spectrometers for spaceflight on future NASA and DOE missions. He is also contributing to Los Alamos studies of future space initiatives, in particular the application of plasma ion mass spectrometry to remote sensing of the lunar atmosphere and surface. He is a past member of NASA's Lunar Exploration Science Working Group (LExSWG), and is presently a member of the Science Definition Team for a Mercury orbiter mission study supported by NASA Office of Space Science. He is lead investigator for the magnetic fields experiment on the NASA "FAST" small Explorer mission, a co-investigator on the ESA/NASA CLUSTER mission magnetometer team, and a member of the LANL Lunar Prospector mission team. He has authored or co-authored over 125 papers in journals and books, and is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and a full member of Sigma Xi.
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