Dora Klindžić

Dora Klindžić, MSc

Dora is a doctoral candidate at the Planetary Exploration group of TU Delft’s Aerospace Engineering Faculty, working on the Lunar Observatory for Unresolved Polarimetry of the Earth (LOUPE) project. Her Master’s thesis on the application of the Planetary Radio Interferometry and Doppler Experiment (PRIDE) to a radio occultation study of the Martian atmosphere was performed at the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE) and defended at the University of Zagreb, in her home country of Croatia. Besides research, her parallel career track is in speculative fiction writing, with a publishing history in several professional short story markets and interactive fiction venues. She is a graduate of Clarion West class of 2018.

In keywords: (spectro)polarimetry, astronomy, optical instrumentation, exoplanetary atmospheres, space missions

Research: How will we recognize another Earth orbiting a faraway star? What does a planet with life look like? We propose to answer this question with the Lunar Observatory for Unresolved Polarimetry of the Earth. LOUPE is a joint endeavour with Leiden Observatory and cosine Remote Sensing on designing a spectropolarimeter to observe the Earth from the near side of the Moon, as if it were an exoplanet. Watch the video below for a quick introduction to LOUPE.

For possible thesis topics, please have a look at the Brightspace page of the MSc AE profile Space Exploration.