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Center Innovation Fund: LaRC CIF

Evaluation of Photon Sieve for Lidar Systems

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Evaluation of Photon Sieve for Lidar Systems
What are the key technical challenges? Characterizing the optical properties of each sample design consistently for diffraction efficiency and polarization crosstalk Designing/Manufacturing samples that enhance throughput Employing solar noise separation techniques. Large scale (6 inch) designs push system capacity for file size What is your approach/research plan? Multi-disciplined team with science application focus 4 groups: Modeling, Manufacturing, Characterization, Science What are the innovative aspects (how is this different than what others are doing in industry, academia government)? Focused on challenges that limit atmospheric LIDAR deployment on a smallsat system (polarization maintenance, SNR) More »

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