The MIT Kavli Institute paves the way for new developments in space- & ground-based astrophysics. Our faculty, research staff, and students develop technology & instrumentation with a focus on an engineering and technical core.
Researchers at The Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research explore extreme and unusual phenomena found beyond the Earth including extrasolar planets, black holes, neutron stars, and distant galaxies and clusters of galaxies.
A native of California, Catherine Grant received her bachelors degree in astronomy and astrophysics from Harvard University in 1993 and her PhD in astronomy and astrophysics from Penn State University in 1999. Her dissertation was a study of the three-dimensional structure of the hot interstellar medium using X-ray shadowing observations with ROSAT. She is currently a research scientist at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. Her recent work includes characterizing the radiation damage in the Chandra ACIS CCDs and developing techniques for mitigating charge transfer inefficiency.
Grant, C.E., "Charge-coupled devices" in _Handbook of X-ray Astronomy_, Arnaud, K., Smith, R., and Siemiginowska, A., ed., 39-58, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (2011). Grant, C.E., Ford, P.G., Bautz, M.W., & O'Dell, S.L., "Using ACIS on the Chandra X-ray Observatory as a particle radiation monitor II," in "Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray", Proc. SPIE 8443, 844311 (2012).
Honors and awards:
Peter Ford, Catherine Grant, and Royce Buehler were part of a group that received a NASA Group Achievement Award on July 18, 2013. They were the ACIS Radiation Detection and Safing Team. “This prestigious NASA certificate is awarded to any combination of government and/or non-government individuals for an outstanding group accomplishment that has contributed substantially to NASA's mission. For example, effective management of cost and schedule; customer satisfaction; or success in responding to unforeseen crises.”