Optical Software to Calculate Terrestrial Planet Finder Contrast Including Polarization Effects

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,976.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNG05CA42C
Agency Tracking Number:
041842
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
S3.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Breault Research Organization, Inc.
6400 E. Grant Rd. Suite 350, Tucson, AZ, 85715-3862
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
099378374
Principal Investigator:
Gary Peterson
Principal Investigator
(520) 721-0500
gpeterson@breault.com
Business Contact:
Mark Fink
Business Official
(520) 721-0500
mfink@breault.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
BRO will provide commercially available optics software that dependably calculates image plane irradiance to the precision required by TPF missions. Calculations will be compared to those predicted in the published literature. BRO will use the Gaussian Beam Decomposition Algorithm (GBDA), which works within fully 3D systems, simulates interferometers and deformable mirrors, includes polarization, and calculates fields at all propagation distances. In Phase II, BRO will increase the speed of the GBDA, write software to estimate the errors in calculations to include the effects of polarization aberrations on the irradiance and add optimization capabilities.

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