Workshop Overview

Optical Frequency Combs for Space Applications

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November 2-5, 2015
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125


The goal of this program is to formulate space applications and mission concepts enabled by optical frequency comb technology and to identify high priority technology challenges and gaps that need to be addressed to implement these missions. Through the study program, we will develop a critical path forward for developing space qualified optical frequency comb systems.

This program would bring together a diverse group of technical experts in optical frequency comb technology, space application specialists, and potential customers in the areas of astronomy and astrophysics, navigation, laser interferometry, earth and planetary science, and instrumentation development. In doing so, it will help to foster new collaborations that will lead to extraordinary new capabilities and previously unachievable missions for NASA enabled by space-based optical frequency combs.

Specific deliverable goals for the program are to:

  1. Clearly identify 2-3 high-payoff mission concepts with enough fidelity to allow for Team X or Team I to conduct a follow-on study where a mission pointdesign could be detailed.
  2. Prioritize critical areas for frequency comb subsystem technology development needed for space applications and not currently being addressed by other agencies; make recommendations for follow-on studies.
  3. Create lasting, productive collaborations between frequency comb technologists and space science and technology specialists.

For questions contact: Kerry Vahala, Stephanie Leifer, Nan Yu,
Scott Diddams, or Michele Judd

Kerry Vahala

Kerry Vahala (Caltech)

Stephanie Leifer

Stephanie Leifer (JPL)

Nan Yu

Nan Yu (JPL)

Scott Diddams

Scott Diddams (NIST)