Dr. Dennis L. Matson

Education

  • A.B., Physics, San Diego State University (1964)
  • Ph.D., Planetary Science, California institute of Technology (1972)

Research Interests

  • Theoretical and observational investigation of planetary surfaces and their interactions with atmospheres and magnetospheres.
  • Use of spectrophotometry, radiometry, and spectroscopy in the determination of surface state and composition.
  • Geologic interpretation of planetary surfaces using two dimensional spectrophotometry and imaging techniques.
  • Optical instrument development. Spacecraft instrument and mission development in the international environment.

Professional Experience

  • Jet Propulsion Laborataory
  • Cassini Project Scientist
  • Senior Research Scientist
  • Selected Awards
  • NASA Exceptional Service Medal (2009)
  • 1983, NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal.
  • Asteroid 2586 named MATSON in honor of first measurement of Ios heat flow.
  • Many NASA Group Achievement Awards.

Selected Publications

Veeder, G. J., Matson, D.L, Johnson, T. V., Davies, A. G., and Blaney, D. L. (2004) The polar contribution to the heat flow of Io. Icarus 169, 264-270.

Lebreton, J.-P. and Matson, D.L (2004) The Huygens mission to Titan: overview and status. ESA SP-544: Planetary Probe Atmospheric Entry and Descent Trajectory Analysis and Science, 21.

Matson, D.L, Spilker, L. J., and Lebreton, J.-P. (2002) The Cassini/Huygens Mission to the Saturnian System. Space Science Reviews 104, 1-58.

Lebreton, J.-P. and Matson, D.L (2002) The Huygens Probe: Science, Payload and Mission Overview. Space Science Reviews 104, 59-100.

Matson, D.L, Johnson, T. V., Veeder, G. J., Blaney, D. L., and Davies, A. G. (2001) Upper bound on Io's heat flow. Journal of Geophysical Research 106, 33021-33024.

McCord, T. B., Hansen, G. B., Matson, D.L, Jonhson, T. V., Crowley, J. K., Fanale, F. P., Carlson, R. W., Smythe, W. D., Martin, P. D., Hibbitts, C. A., Granahan, J. C., and Ocampo, A. (1999) Hydrated salt minerals on Europa's surface from the Galileo near-infrared mapping spectrometer (NIMS) investigation. Journal of Geophysical Research 104, 11827-11852.

McEwen, A. S., Keszthelyi, L., Spencer, J. R., Schubert, G., Matson, D.L, Lopes-Gautier, R., Klaasen, K. P., Johnson, T. V., Head, J. W., Geissler, P., Fagents, S., Davies, A. G., Carr, M. H., Breneman, H. H., and Belton, M. J. S. (1998) High-Temperature Silicate Volcanism on Jupiter's Moon Io. Science 281, 87.

McCord, T. B., Hansen, G. B., Fanale, F. P., Carlson, R. W., Matson, D.L, Johnson, T. V., Smythe, W. D., Crowley, J. K., Martin, P. D., Ocampo, A., Hibbitts, C. A., and Granahan, J. C. (1998) Salts on Europa's Surface Detected by Galileo's Near Infrared Mapping Spectrometer. Science 280, 1242.

Matson, D.L and Lebreton, J. P. (1997) Galileo's Legacy to Cassini: Historical, Philosophical, and Physical. ASSL Vol. 220: The Three Galileos the Man, the Spacecraft the Telescope, 159.

Lebreton, J.-P. and Matson, D.L (1997) The Huygens Probe: Science, Payload and Mission Overview. ESA SP-1177: Huygens: Science, Payload and Mission, 5.

Blaney, D. L., Veeder, G. J., Matson, D.L, Johnson, T. V., Goguen, J. D., and Spencer, J. R. (1997) Io's thermal anomalies: Clues to their origins from comparison of ground based observations between 1 and 20 micron. Geophysical Research Letters 24, 2459.

Johnson, T. V., Matson, D.L, Blaney, D. L., Veeder, G. J., and Davies, A. (1995) Stealth plumes on Io. Geophysical Research Letters 22, 3293-3296.

Blaney, D. L., Johnson, T. V., Matson, D.L, and Veeder, G. J. (1995) Volcanic eruptions on Io: Heat flow, resurfacing, and lava composition. Icarus 113, 220-225.

Veeder, G. J., Matson, D.L, Johnson, T. V., Blaney, D. L., and Goguen, J. D. (1994) Io's heat flow from infrared radiometry: 1983-1993. Journal of Geophysical Research 99, 17095-17162.

Matson, D.L (1992) Cassini: A mission to Saturn and Titan. ESA SP-338: Symposium on Titan, 281-286.

Veeder, G. J., Hanner, M. S., Matson, D.L, Tedesco, E. F., Lebofsky, L. A., and Tokunaga, A. T. (1989) Radiometry of near-earth asteroids. Astronomical Journal 97, 1211-1219.

Tedesco, E. F., Williams, J. G., Matson, D.L, Weeder, G. J., Gradie, J. C., and Lebofsky, L. A. (1989) A three-parameter asteroid taxonomy. Astronomical Journal 97, 580-606.

Matson, D.L, Veeder, G. J., Tedesco, E. F., and Lebofsky, L. A. (1989) The IRAS asteroid and comet survey. Asteroids II, 269-281.

Matson, D.L and Brown, R. H. (1989) Solid-state greenhouses and their implications for icy satellites. Icarus 77, 67-81.

Johnson, T. V., Veeder, G. J., Matson, D.L, Brown, R. H., and Nelson, R. M. (1988) Io - Evidence for silicate volcanism in 1986. Science 242, 1280-1283.

Brown, R. H. and Matson, D.L (1987) Thermal effects of insolation propagation into the regoliths of airless bodies. Icarus 72, 84-94.

Matson, D.L, Veeder, G. J., Tedesco, E. F., Lebofsky, L. A., and Walker, R. G. (1986) IRAS survey of asteroids. Advances in Space Research 6, 47-56.

McEwen, A. S., Soderblom, L. A., Matson, D.L, and Johnson, T. V. (1985) Volcanic hot spots on Io - Correlation with low-albedo calderas. Journal of Geophysical Research 90, 12345.

Matson, D.L and Nash, D. B. (1983) Io's atmosphere - Pressure control by regolith cold trapping and surface venting. Journal of Geophysical Research 88, 4771-4783.

Veeder, G. J., Matson, D.L, and Kowal, C. (1982) Infrared /JHK/ photometry of asteroids. Astronomical Journal 87, 834-839.

Eviatar, A., Siscoe, G. L., Johnson, T. V., and Matson, D.L (1981) Effects of Io ejecta on Europa. Icarus 47, 75-83.

Nelson, R. M., Lane, A. L., Matson, D.L, Fanale, F. P., Nash, D. B., and Johnson, T. V. (1980) Io - Longtudinal distribution of sulfur dioxide frost. Science 210, 784-786.

Schubart, J. and Matson, D.L (1979) Masses and densities of asteroids. In Asteroids, Vol., pp. 84-97.

Veeder, G. J., Matson, D.L, and Smith, J. C. (1978) Visual and infrared photometry of asteroids. Astronomical Journal 83, 651-663.

Matson, D.L, Goldberg, B. A., Johnson, T. V., and Carlson, R. W. (1978) Images of Io's sodium cloud. Science 199, 531-533.

Bergstralh, J. T., Young, J. W., Matson, D.L, and Johnson, T. V. (1977) Sodium D-line emission from Io - A second year of synoptic observation of the Table Mountain Observatory. Astrophysical Journal 211, L51-L55.

Matson, D.L, Fanale, F. P., Johnson, T. V., and Veeder, G. J. (1976) Asteroids and comparative planetology. Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 3603-3627.

Matson, D.L, Johnson, T. V., and Fanale, F. P. (1974) Sodium D-Line Emission from Io: Sputtering and Resonant Scattering Hypothesis. Astrophysical Journal 192, L43.