L. Andrew Helton

L. Andrew Helton

SOFIA Instrument Scientist

Phone: (650) 604-3572
Fax: (650) 604-1984

Mailing Address:
SOFIA Science Center
NASA Ames Research Center
Mail Stop N232-12
P.O. Box 1
Moffett Field, CA 94035

SOFIA Focus Areas / Responsibilities:

FORCAST instrument support, Observation planning & execution, Outreach to the Science Community

Research Interests:

Development of classical & recurrent nova systems, their abundances and dust production, and their influence on the local interstellar medium; potential Supernovae Type Ia progenitors; and evolutionary characteristics of massive stars


Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 2010 (Advisors: R.D. Gehrz & C.E. Woodward)
B.Sc., University of Iowa, 2004

Professional Experience:

2015-present: FORCAST Instrument Scientist, SOFIA Science Center
2012-2015: Assistant FORCAST Instrument Scientist & User Support Scientist, SOFIA Science Center
2010-2012: Visiting Post-Doctoral Scientist, SOFIA Science Center

Highlight Publications:

"Elemental Abundances in the Ejecta of Old Classical Novae from Late-Epoch Spitzer Spectra"
L.A. Helton, et al. 2012, ApJ, 755, 37

"The Dusty Nova V1065 Centauri (Nova Cen 2007): A Spectroscopic Analysis of Abundances and Dust Properties"
L.A. Helton, et al. 2010, AJ, 140, 1347

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