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James Tutt

Associate Research Professor
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PhD, Space Instrumentation, The Open University, UK, 2012

MPhys (Hons), Physics and Astrophysics, The University of Manchester, UK, 2006

Contact Info

128A Davey Lab

Phone: 814-865-6338



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Biographical Info

I specialize in the design, build, and launch of high resolution soft X-ray spectrometers on NASA sub-orbital rockets. These instruments act as technology development for the next generation flagship X-ray observatories. My background is in the use of silicon detectors for soft X-ray detection. I have been involved in the development of 3 rocket payloads (OGRESS, WRXR, and tREXS) and am currently working on the design of a 4th (OGRE). I also test supporting technology for use in space which currently involves vibration testing silicon carbide filter meshes to see if they would survive being launched into space. In my free time I enjoy DIY, cycling, and I am a Padi certified Advanced Open Water Diver.

Current Mission Affiliations

Lynx - Flagship Class - Instrument and Optic working groups

Light Element Mapper (LEM) - Instrument working group

tREXS - Suborbital Rocket - Co-I

OGRE - Suborbital Rocket - Co-I


Please see my Google Scholar page or the publications page of my website