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
Award Id:
76671
Agency Tracking Number:
041842
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
6400 E. Grant Rd., Suite 350, Tucson, AZ, 85715
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
099378374
Principal Investigator:
Gary Peterson
(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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