Dr. Stephen L. O'Dell
Astrophysicist at NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr
SPIE Involvement:
Author | Editor
Area of Expertise:
X-ray telescope systems , Astrophysics
Profile Summary

Dr. Stephen L. O'Dell is an Astrophysicist at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), where he serves as Deputy Project Scientist for the Chandra X-ray Observatory and as Project Scientist for the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE). Prior to arriving at MSFC, Dr. O'Dell was a Research Physicist at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD), a Scientist at Universitäts Sternwarte Göttingen, and a Physics Professor at Virginia Tech. He earned baccalaureate and doctoral degrees in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His principal interests are theoretical astrophysics and x-ray optics and instrumentation.
Publications (142)

Proceedings Article | 17 January 2020 Presentation + Paper
Proc. SPIE. 11119, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy IX
KEYWORDS: Mirrors, Lithium

Proceedings Article | 9 September 2019 Paper
Stephen O'Dell, Primo Attinà, Luca Baldini, Mattia Barbanera, Wayne Baumgartner, Ronaldo Bellazzini, Jeff Bladt, Stephen Bongiorno, Alessandro Brez, Elisabetta Cavazzuti, Saverio Citraro, Enrico Costa, William Deininger, Ettore Del Monte, Kurtis Dietz, Niccolò Di Lalla, Immacolata Donnarumma, Ronald Elsner, Sergio Fabiani, Riccardo Ferrazzoli, Larry Guy, William Kalinowski, Victoria Kaspi, Anthony Kelley, Jeffrey Kolodziejczak, Luca Latronico, Carlo Lefevre, Leonardo Lucchesi, Alberto Manfreda, Herman Marshall, James Masciarelli, Giorgio Matt, Massimo Minuti, Fabio Muleri, Hikmat Nasimi, Alessio Nuti, Leonardo Orsini, Darren Osborne, Matteo Perri, Melissa Pesce-Rollins, Colin Peterson, Michele Pinchera, Simonetta Puccetti, Brian Ramsey, Ajay Ratheesh, Roger Romani, Francesco Santoli, Andrea Sciortino, Carmelo Sgrò, Brian Smith, Gloria Spandre, Paolo Soffitta, Allyn Tennant, Antonino Tobia, Alessio Trois, Jeffrey Wedmore, Martin Weisskopf, Fei Xie, Francesco Zanetti, Cheryl Alexander, D. Zachery Allen, Fabrizio Amici, Spencer Antoniak, Raffaella Bonino, Fabio Borotto, Shawn Breeding, Daniele Brienza, H. Kyle Bygott, Ciro Caporale, Claudia Cardelli, Marco Ceccanti, Mauro Centrone, Giuseppe Di Persio, Yuri Evangelista, MacKenzie Ferrie, Joseph Footdale, Brent Forsyth, Michelle Foster, Shuichi Gunji, Eli Gurnee, Grant Hibbard, Sandra Johnson, Eric Kelly, Kiranmayee Kilaru, Fabio La Monaca, Shelley Le Roy, Pasqualino Loffredo, Guido Magazzu, Marco Marengo, Alessandra Marrocchesi, Francesco Massaro, Jeffery McCracken, Michael McEachen, Paolo Mereu, Scott Mitchell, Ikuyuki Mitsuishi, Alfredo Morbidini, Federico Mosti, Michela Negro, Chiara Oppedisano, Richard Pacheco, Alessandro Paggi, Steven Pavelitz, Christina Pentz, Raffaele Piazzola, Brad Porter, Alessandro Profeti, Jaganathan Ranganathan, John Rankin, Noah Root, Alda Rubini, Stephanie Ruswick, Javier Sanchez, Emanuele Scalise, Sarah Schindhelm, Chet Speegle, Toru Tamagawa, Marcello Tardiola, Amy Walden, Bruce Weddendorf, David Welch
Proc. SPIE. 11118, UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XXI
KEYWORDS: Observatories, Polarization, X-rays, Polarimetry, Space operations, Data communications, X-ray imaging, X-ray astronomy, X-ray telescopes, Astrophysics

SPIE Journal Paper | 5 April 2019
JATIS Vol. 5 Issue 02
KEYWORDS: Mirrors, Polishing, X-ray optics, Surface finishing, X-rays, Metrology, In situ metrology, Spatial resolution, Metals, Photography

Proceedings Article | 20 August 2018 Presentation + Paper
Stephen O'Dell, Luca Baldini, Ronaldo Bellazzini, Enrico Costa, Ronald Elsner, Victoria Kaspi, Jeffery Kolodziejczak, Luca Latronico, Herman Marshall, Giorgio Matt, Fabio Mulieri, Brian Ramsey, Roger Romani, Paolo Soffitta, Allyn Tennant, Martin Weisskopf, D. Zachary Allen, Fabrizio Amici, Spencer Antoniak, Primo Attina, Matteo Bachetti, Mattia Barbanera, Wayne Baumgartner, Jeff Bladt, Stephen Bongiorno, Fabio Borotto, Thomas Brooks, Scott Bussinger, H. Kyle Bygott, Elisabetta Cavazzuti, Marco Ceccanti, Saverio Citraro, William Deininger, Ettore Del Monte, Kurtis Dietz, Niccolò Di Lalla, Giuseppe Di Persio, Immacolata Donnarumma, Jennifer Erickson, Yuri Evangelista, Sergio Fabiani, Riccardo Ferrazzoli, Michele Foster, Manuela Giusti, Shuichi Gunji, Larry Guy, Sandra Johnson, William Kalinowski, Anthony Kelley, Kiranmayee Kilaru, Carlo Lefevre, Simone Maldera, Alberto Manfreda, Marco Marengo, James Masciarelli, Mike McEachen, Paolo Mereu, Massimo Minuti, Mark Mitchell, Scott Mitchell, Ikuyuki Mitsuishi, Alfredo Morbidini, Federico Mosti, Hikmat Nasimi, Barbara Negri, Leonardo Orsini, Darren Osborne, Steven Pavelitz, Christina Pentz, Matteo Perri, Melissa Pesce-Rollins, Colin Peterson, Raffaele Piazzolla, Stefano Pieraccini, Maura Pilia, Michele Pinchera, Simonetta Puccetti, Jaganathan Ranganathan, Tim Read, Alda Rubini, Francesco Santoli, Paolo Sarra, Sarah Schindhelm, Andrea Sciortino, Chris Seckar, Carmelo Sgrò, Brian Smith, Chet Speegle, Toru Tamagawa, Marcello Tardiola, Antonino Tobia, Alessia Tortosa, Alessio Trois, Bruce Weddendorf, Jeff Wedmore, Davide Zanetti
Proc. SPIE. 10699, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
KEYWORDS: Observatories, Telescopes, Polarization, Sensors, Calibration, X-rays, Polarimetry, Space operations, X-ray telescopes, X-ray detectors

Proceedings Article | 6 July 2018 Presentation + Paper
Proc. SPIE. 10699, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
KEYWORDS: Point spread functions, Telescopes, Mirrors, Sensors, Calibration, X-rays, Space telescopes, Spatial resolution, X-ray telescopes, X-ray detectors