Dr. Christian Albert Lindensmith

Chris earned a B.S. in Physics from the University of Michigan in 1988 and spent two years working in superconductivity before attending graduate school at the University of Minnesota, where he earned a Ph.D. in Physics (1996) studying superfluid helium.  He came to JPL in 1996 as a Caltech post-doc and joined the staff a year later to work on development of low temperature cryocoolers.  He has worked on a variety of missions and instruments, including the Planck cosmic microwave background mission, ChemCam (on MSL), the ground based Thirty Meter Telescope, and the James Webb Space Telescope.  He has been involved in mission and instrument development for the search for extra-terrestrial life both inside and outside the solar system since he came to JPL. 

  • B.S. Physics, University of Michigan  (1988)
  • Albert-Ludwigs Universität, Freiburg i.B., Germany (1986-87)
  • Ph.D. Physics, University of Minnesota (1996)

Research Interests: 

Interferometry, Holography, Astrobiology (solar system and exoplanet), high precision measurements

Professional Experience: 
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory – 10/1997-Present
  • California Institute of Technology­­– Postdoctoral Scholar in Low Temperature Science and Engineering at JPL (10/96 to 10/97)
  • American Superconductor Corporation (10/1988-6/1990)

Selected Publications: 
  1. “A simple, robust implementation of a digital holographic microscope,” J. Kent Wallace, Stephanie Rider, Gene Serabyn, Jonas Kuhn, Kurt Liewer, Jody Deming, Gordon Showalter, Chris Lindensmith and Jay Nadeau, Optics Express 23(13) 17367-17378 (2015).
  2. “Use of dyes to increase contrast for holographic cell imaging,” J. L. Nadeau, Y. B. Cho,   and C. A. Lindensmith, Optics Letters 40(17):4114-4117 (2015).
  3. “A Mach-Zehnder Digital Holographic Microscope (DHM) with Sub-Micrometer Resolution for Imaging and Tracking of Marine Micro-Organisms,” Jonas Kuhn, Bimochan Niraula, Kurt Liewer, Gene Serabyn, J. Kent Wallace, Emilio Graff, Christian Lindensmith, and Jay Louise Nadeau, Review of Scientific Instruments, 85, 123113 (2014).
  4. “Development and Qualification of a Fiber Optic Cable for Martian Environments”, C. A. Lindensmith, W. T. Roberts, M. Meacham, M. N. Ott, F. LaRocca, W. J. Thomes, International Conference on Space Optics 2010.
  5. “The Astronomical Search for Origins,” J. Breckinridge, C. Lindensmith, Optics and Photonics News, 16(2), (2005).
  6. “Low Power, Zero-Vibration Sorption Coolers for Astrophysics Instruments,” L. A. Wade, C. A. Lindensmith, Advances in Cryogenic Engineering 47, AIP Conference Proceedings.
  7. “Performance, Reliability and Life Issues for Components of the Planck Sorption Cooler,” R. C. Bowman, M. Prina, M. E. Schmelzel, C. A. Lindensmith, D. S. Barber, P. Bhandari, A. Loc, and G. Morgante, Advances in Cryogenic Engineering 47, AIP Conference Proceedings.
  8. “Cryocooler Options for NGST and other Space Applications,” C. A. Lindensmith, R. C. Bowman, L. A. Wade, D. Crumb, Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series 207, ed Eric P. Smith and Knox S. Long, p 106 (2000).
  9. “Hydrogen Sorption Cryocoolers for the Planck Mission,” L. A. Wade, P. Bhandari, R. C. Bowman, Jr., C. Paine, G. Morgante, C. A. Lindensmith, D. Crumb, M. Prina, R. Sugimura, D. Rapp, Advances in Cryogenic Engineering 45, Plenum (2000).
  10. “Terrestrial Planet Finder,” C.A. Beichman, N.J. Woolf, and C.A. Lindensmith, 1999 (JPL Pub 99-003)
  11. “Cryogenic Magnetostrictive Actuators: Materials and Applications,” J. A. Dooley, C. A. Lindensmith, R. G. Chave, B. Fultz, J. Graetz, Proceedings of ACTUATOR 98, 6th International Conference on New Actuators, Bremen, FRG, 1998.
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