Robert French
Robert French

Research Scientist

Degree/Major: M.S., Astronomy, 2010, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Curriculum vitae: rfrench-resume-full-1410.pdf

rfrench@seti.org
Biography

Robert French works with Senior Research Scientist Mark Showalter to study the rings and moons of the outer planets of our solar system - their origin, evolution, and eventual demise. Over the past six years at the SETI Institute, he has investigated the changes in Saturn's F ring from the Voyager days to the present, analyzed the stability of the inner Uranian satellites, and co-discovered a moon of Neptune.

His current project involves reanalyzing all 300,000+ Cassini ISS images to provide more accurate spacecraft pointing information to all researchers. This new navigation data will save significant time and effort for all future Cassini researchers.

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Publications

French, R. S., Hicks, S. K., Showalter, M. R., Antonsen, A. K., & Packard, D. R. 2014. Analysis of Clumps in Saturn's F Ring from Voyager and Cassini, Icarus, 241, 200-220

Hicks, S. K., French, R. S., Showalter, M. R., Antonsen, A. K., & Packard, D. R. 2013. Comparing Clumps in Saturn's F Ring from Voyager to Cassini (AAS poster)

French, R. S., Showalter, M. R., Hicks, S. K., Antonsen, A. K., & Packard, D. R. 2012. Analysis of Longitudinal Variation in Saturn's F Ring Using Wavelets (DPS talk)

The Brightening of Saturn's F Ring

French, R. S., Showalter, M. R., Sfair, R., Arguelles, C., Pajuelo, M., Becerra, P., Hedman, M. M., and Nicholson, P. 2012. The Brightening of Saturn's F Ring, Icarus, 219, 181-193

Showalter, M. R., French, R. S., Sfair, R., Arguelles, C., Pajuelo, M., Becerra, P., Hedman, M. M., & Nicholson, P. 2009. The Brightening of Saturn's F Ring (DPS talk)

Showalter, M. R., French, R. S., Sfair, R., Arguelles, C., Pajuelo, M., Becerra, P., Hedman, M. M., & Nicholson, P. 2009. The Brightening of Saturn's F Ring (EPSC talk)

Showalter, M. R., French, R. S., Sfair, R., Arguelles, C., Pajuelo, M., Becerra, P., Hedman, M. M., & Nicholson, P. 2009. The Brightening of Saturn's F Ring (DDA talk)

Satellites of Uranus

Quillen, A. C. & French, R. S. 2014. Resonant Chains and Three-body Resonances in the Closely-Packed Inner Uranian Satellite System, MNRAS accepted

French, R. S. & Showalter, M. R. 2012. Cupid is Doomed: An Analysis of the Stability of the Inner Uranian Satellites, Icarus, 220, 911-921

French, R. S. & Showalter, M. R. 2012. Cupid is Still Doomed: Overlapping Power Laws and the Stability of the Inner Uranian Satellites (DDA talk)

French, R. S. & Showalter, M. R. 2011. Cupid is Doomed: An Analysis of the Stability of the Inner Uranian Satellites (DDA talk)

Satellites of Neptune

Showalter, M. R., de Pater, I., Lissauer, J. J., & French, R. S. 2013. New Satellite of Neptune: S/2004 N 1 (CBET 3586)

Showalter, M. R., de Pater, I., French, R. S., & Lissauer, J. J. 2013. The Neptune System Revisited: New Results on Moons and Rings from the Hubble Space Telescope (DPS talk)