Dr. J. Eric Grove - Fermi LAT Commissioner and Astrophysicist, U.S. Naval Laboratory
Dr. J. Eric Grove joined the Fermi mission in 1994, and since 2006 he has served as the Fermi Large Area Telescope (LAT) Commissioner. He is an astrophysicist in the Space Science Division of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, D.C.
As Commissioner, Dr. Grove has been responsible for the activation, checkout, and tuning of the LAT instrument on orbit in the Launch and Early Operations phase of the Fermi mission. Prior to that, he coordinated the final integration of the LAT detector subsystems at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), and led the development and coordination of LAT functional and performance testing throughout its ground test program.
He began work on Fermi during the conceptualization, early development, and test of instrument concepts for the LAT. At NRL, he led the assembly and test program for the LAT Calorimeter, which measures the energy of gamma rays captured by the LAT and contributes to the identification and rejection of background radiation.
Dr. Grove’s primary scientific interests include energetic emission from galactic compact objects -- neutron stars and black holes -- and active galaxies, as well as charged-particles in the near-Earth environment. He is a member of the American Astronomical Society and the American Physical Society.
Dr. Grove joined the Space Science Division at NRL in 1989. He was Instrument Scientist and Mission Operations Manager for the Oriented Scintillation Spectrometer Experiment on the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory. He was a member of the analysis team for the hard X-ray and gamma ray instruments for the Solar Maximum Mission.
He received a Ph.D. (1989) and M.S. (1984) in Physics from the California Institute of Technology. He holds an A.B. (1982) in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley.