Pantazis Mouroulis

  • Ph.D. Physics (Optics), 1981, University of Reading, U.K.
  • M.Sc. (with Distinction), Applied and Modern Optics, 1977, University of Reading, U.K.
  • B.Sc. Physics, 1976, University of Athens, Greece

Research Interests: 
  • Spectroscopic instrumentation
  • Imaging spectroscopy for remote and in-situ sensing
  • Optical design

Professional Experience: 


  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Principal Engineer, Senior Research Scientist, Group Supervisor, 1996-present
  • Center for Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology, Assistant / Associate Professor, 1986-1996
  • Canadian Instrumentation & Research Ltd., Senior Physicist, 1981-1986



  • Fellow of SPIE
  • Fellow of the Optical Society of America
  • NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal for spectrometer development


Selected Professional Society Contributions

  • Topical Editor, Optics Letters (2002-2008)
  • Chair, SPIE annual conference on Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering (2003-2009)

Selected Publications: 


  1. P. Mouroulis and J. Macdonald, Geometrical Optics and Optical Design, Oxford University Press, 1997.
  2. P. Mouroulis (Ed.): Visual Instrumentation: Optical Design and Engineering Principles, McGraw-Hill, 1999.


Book Chapters

  1. P. Mouroulis: “Aberration and Image Quality Representation for Visual Optical Systems” (Ch. 2)
  2. P. Mouroulis and A. Deslis: “Image Quality Assessment and Optimization” (Ch. 5) in Visual Instrumentation: Optical Design and Engineering Principles, McGraw-Hill, (1999)
  3. P. Mouroulis: “Optical Image Formation”, The Wiley Encyclopedia of Imaging, pp. 1072-1106 (2002)
  4. V. N. Mahajan and P. Mouroulis: “Aberrations”, Encyclopedia of Optical Engineering, pp. 1-25, Marcel Dekker, (2003)
  5. P. Mouroulis: “Optical Design” The Optics Encyclopedia Vol. 3, pp. 1903-1943, Wiley VCH (2004)
  6. P. Mouroulis: “Diffraction Grating” entry in the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology (2005)


Selected recent publications

  1. P. Mouroulis, D. W. Wilson, P. D. Maker, R. E. Muller: “Convex grating types for concentric imaging spectrometers”, Appl. Opt. 37, 7200-7208 (1998)
  2. P. Mouroulis and M. McKerns: “Pushbroom imaging spectrometer with high spectroscopic data fidelity: experimental demonstration”, Opt. Eng. 39, 808-816 (2000)
  3. P. Mouroulis, R. O. Green, and T. G. Chrien: “Design of pushbroom imaging spectrometers for optimum recovery of spectroscopic and spatial information”, Appl. Opt. 39, 2210-2220 (2000)
  4. P. Mouroulis, F. T. Hartley, D. W. Wilson, V. E. White, A. Shori, S. Nguyen, M. Zhang, and M. Feldman, "Blazed grating fabrication through gray-scale X-ray lithography," Opt. Express 11, 270-281 (2003)
  5. P. Mouroulis: “Optical design and engineering: lessons learned” in Tribute to Warren Smith: A Legacy in Lens Design and Optical Engineering, Proc. SPIE 5865, 8-21, (2005)
  6. P. Mouroulis and S. B. Shaklan: “Optical design of the Terrestrial Planet Finder Coronagraph starlight suppression system” Proc. SPIE 5874, 187-197, (2005)
  7. P. Mouroulis, R. Glenn Sellar, D. W. Wilson, J. J. Shea, and R. O. Green: “Optical design of a compact imaging spectrometer for planetary mineralogy”, Opt. Eng. 46(6) 063001 (2007)
  8. P. Mouroulis and R. O. Green: “Spectral response evaluation and computation for pushbroom imaging spectrometers”, Proc. SPIE 6667, 66670G (2007)
  9. P. Mouroulis: “Depth of field extension with spherical optics”, Opt. Express 16,12996-13004 (2008)
  10. P. Mouroulis, R. O. Green, and D. W. Wilson: “Optical design of a coastal ocean imaging spectrometer”, Opt. Express 16, 9087-9095 (2008)
  11. P. Mouroulis, B. Van Gorp, D. Blaney, and R. O. Green: “Reflectance microspectroscopy of natural rock samples in the visible and near infrared”, Appl. Spectrosc. 62, 1370-1377 (2008)
  12. P. Mouroulis, B. Van Gorp, V. E. White, J. M. Mumolo, D. Hebert, and M. Feldman: “A compact, fast, wide-field imaging spectrometer system” Proc. SPIE 8032, 80320U (2011)
  13. P. Mouroulis, B. Van Gorp, R. O. Green, H. Dierssen et al: “Portable Remote Imaging Spectrometer coastal ocean sensor: design, characteristics, and first flight results”, Appl. Opt. 53(7) 1363-1380 (2014)

  14. B. Van Gorp, P. Mouroulis, D. Blaney, R. O. Green, B. L. Ehlmann, J. I. Rodriguez: “Ultra-compact imaging spectrometer for remote, in situ, and microscopic planetary mineralogy”, J. Appl. Remote Sens. 8 (1), 084988 (2014);  doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.8.084988

  15. D. R. Thompson, F. C. Seidel, B-C. Gao, M. M. Gierach, R. O. Green, R. M. Kudela, P. Mouroulis: “Optimizing irradiance estimates for coastal and inland water imaging spectroscopy” Geophys. Res. Lett. 42, doi: 10.1002/2015GL063287 (2015)

  16. P. Mouroulis, R. O. Green, B. Van Gorp, L. B. Moore, D. W. Wilson, H. A. Bender, “Landsat swath imaging spectrometer design”, Opt. Eng. 55(1), 015104 (2016) doi:10.1117/1.OE.55.1.015104

  17. P. Mouroulis  and R. O. Green, “Review of high fidelity imaging spectrometer designs for remote sensing”, Opt. Eng. 57(4), 040901 (2018), doi: 10.1117/1.OE.57.4.040901

  18. D. R. Thompson, J. W. Boardman, M. L. Eastwood, R. O. Green, J. M. Haag, P. Mouroulis, B. Van Gorp: “Imaging spectrometer stray spectral response: In-flight characterization, correction, and validation” Remote Sensing of Environment 204, 850-860 (2018)

  19. H.A. Bender, P. Mouroulis, H. M. Dierssen, T. H. Painter, D. R. Thompson, C.D. Smith, J. Gross, R. O. Green, J. M. Haag, B.E. Van Gorp, E. Diaz, “Snow and Water Imaging Spectrometer: mission and instrument concepts for earth-orbiting.CubeSats,” J. Appl. Remote Sens. 12(4), 044001 (2018), doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.12.044001

Pantazis Mouroulis
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