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Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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4800 Oak Grove Dr.
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Henry G. LeDuc

  • 1977 BS Physics, Montana State University
  • 1979 MA Physics, University of California, Davis
  • 1983 Ph.D. Physics, University of California, Davis (Thesis advisor: Prof. Lawrence B. Coleman)

Research Interests
Superconducting materials, devices, sensors, focal plane arrays, and observational instruments for astrophysics, Earth and planetary observations.

Professional Experience
  • Member of the technical staff, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1983)
  • Subgroup Leader, Low Temperature Superconducting Devices Group (1987)
  • Principal Engineer (1999)
  • Senior Research Scientist (2006 - present)

Selected Awards
  • NASA group Achievement Award for Cryogenic millimeter and submillimeter wave detectors for astrophysics (2001)
  • JPL Technical Excellence Team Award for the development of Hot Electron Bolometers (1997)
  • Kukkonen Terahertz Prize for developing the first mixer to operate above 1THz with a noise temperature bellow 1000K (1995)
  • NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for Development Josephson junction technology foe sub-millimeter heterodyne receivers (1993)
  • Director's Research Achievement Award for NbN Josephson junction technology development (1989)

Selected Publications
Recent Publications
  1. A semi empirical model for two-level system noise in superconducting microresonators, Jiansong Gao, Miguel Daal, John M. Martinis, Anastasios Vayonakis, Jonas Zmuidzinas,1 Bernard Sadoulet, Benjamin A. Mazin, Peter K. Day, and Henry G. Leduc, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS Volume: 92 Issue: 21 Article Number: 212504 MAY 26 2008
  2. A millimeter and submillimeter kinetic inductance detector camera, J. Schlaerth • A. Vayonakis • P. Day , J. Glenn , J. Gao , S. Golwala , S. Kumar , H. LeDuc , B. Mazin, J. Vaillancourt, J. Zmuidzinas, J Low Temp Phys (2008) 151: 684–689.
  3. Distributed Antenna-Coupled TES for FIR Detector Arrays, P. Day • H.G. Leduc, C.D. Dowell, R.A. Lee, A. Turner, J. Zmuidzinas, J Low Temp Phys (2008) 151: 477–482
  4. A WIMP Dark Matter Detector Using MKIDs, S. Golwala, J. Gao, D. Moore, B. Mazin, M. Eckart, B. Bumble, P. Day, H.G. LeDuc, J. Zmuidzinas, J Low Temp Phys (2008) 151: 550–556
  5. Equivalence of the Effects on the Complex Conductivity of Superconductor due to Temperature Change and External Pair Breaking , J. Gao • J. Zmuidzinas • A. Vayonakis • P. Day • B. Mazin • H. Leduc, J Low Temp Phys (2008) 151: 557–563
  6. Noise properties of superconducting coplanar waveguide microwave resonators , Gao JS, Zmuidzinas J, Mazin BA, LeDuc HG, Day PK , APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 90 (10): Art. No. 102507 MAR 5 2007
  7. Antenna-coupled microwave kinetic inductance detectors, P.K. Day, H.G. Leduc, A. Goldin, T. Vayonakis, B.A. Mazin, S. Kumar, J. Gao and J. Zmuidzinas, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, Volume 559, Issue 2, 15 April 2006, Pages 561-563
  8. Experimental study of the kinetic inductance fraction of superconducting coplanar waveguide , J. Gao, J. Zmuidzinas, B.A. Mazin, P.K. Day and H.G. Leduc, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, Volume 559, Issue 2, 15 April 2006, Pages 585-587

  • Edge Geometry Superconducting Tunnel Junctions Utilizing an NbN/MgO/NbN Thin Film Structure (1992)

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