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Exoplanet Imaging and Characterization: Coherent Differential Imaging and Signal Detection Statistics - Part 2

December 5 - 8, 2016
California Institute of Technology - Pasadena, CA 91125

Workshop Overview:

During the part I of our Exoplanet Imaging and Characterization: Coherent Differential Imaging and Signal Detection Statistics KISS workshop, we reviewed the state of the art in focal-plane wavefront sensing, optical and infrared detector technologies (MKIDS, IR-APD), sensor fusion, and signal detection theory. We laid down the basis for and identified the building blocks of the next generation of ground- and space-based high-contrast imaging instruments. The first workshop was serendipitously interrupted by the breakthrough announcement of the discovery of an Earth-like planet in the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri, the nearest planetary system. That discovery is the absolute best-case scenario for future characterization endeavors. In the remainder of the workshop, we focused on developing a strawman design for a future high-contrast imager and characterizer capable of taking the first high-resolution infrared spectra of that potentially habitable world with future large segmented telescopes.

The second workshop, to be held in 5-8 December 2016, will refocus on conceptual instrument designs, and on identifying technology development work packages. An ancillary goal will be to consolidate the complementarity and synergies between ground- and space-based platforms. We plan to regroup and continue further brainstorming during the first three days. We will then shift to consolidating all discussion notes in writing, discuss report writing, and laying out concrete plans for advocacy.


Monday, December 5, 2016

Think Tank, Room 155 - Keck Center, Caltech

Exoplanet Imaging and Characterization: Coherent Differential Imaging and Signal Detection Statistics, Part II

Time
Event
Speaker

7:30 - 8:30

Institute open for free think time, Tolman/Bacher House rooms available

8:30 - 9:00

Coffee and informal breakfast pastries/free think time continued

9:00 - 9:45

Logistics / Introductions

Michele Judd

9:45 - 10:15

Recap from part I

Team leads

10:15 - 11:00

Objectives for part II

Team leads

11:00 - 11:30

Break

11:30 - 12:30

Sensor Fusion (30 mins talk, 30 mins discussion)

AJ Riggs

12:30 - 2:00

Lunch at the Athenaeum

2:00 - 3:00

Predictive Control (30 mins talk, 30 mins discussion)

J. Males

3:00 - 3:30

Plenary Discussion

All

3:30 - 4:00

Break

4:00 - 5:00

Millisecond Imaging (30 mins talk, 30 mins discussion)

R. Frazin

5:00 - 5:30

Solicitation of Lightning Talks

Team Leads

5:30 - 6:00

Pack up and walk to the Athenaeum

All

6:00

Dinner at the Athenaeum


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Keck Center - Think Tank, Room 155

Time
Event
Speaker

7:30 - 8:30

Institute open for free think time, Tolman/Bacher House rooms available

8:30 - 9:00

Coffee and informal breakfast / free think time continued

9:00 - 9:15

Logistics and Team Leads Update

Michele Judd
Team Leads

9:15 - 10:15

DM technology + discussion (30 mins talk, 30 mins discussion)

P. Bierden

10:15 - 10:45

Break

10:45 - 12:15

Determine breakout teams / begin breakout sessions

All

12:15 - 12:30

Group picture, walk to the Athenaeum

12:30 - 2:00 Lunch at the Athenaeum
2:00 - 3:30 Breakout sessions Groups

3:30 - 4:00

Break

4:00 - 5:00 Report from breakout sessions All
5:00 - 6:00 Free think time

6:00

No-Host Dinner at El Portal (postdocs and grad students covered by KISS)


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Keck Center - Think Tank, Room 155

Time
Event
Speaker

7:30 - 8:30

Institute open for free think time, Tolman/Bacher House rooms available

8:30 - 9:00

Coffee and informal breakfast pastries / free think time continued

9:00 - 9:15

Logistics and Team Lead Update

Michele Judd
Team Leads

9:15 - 10:15

Lightning talks 1 / or breakout session

TBD by participants

10:30 - 11:00

Break

11:00 - 11:30

Plenary Discussion or Breakout session report outs

Groups

11:30 - 12:30

Post-Processing, Machine Learning, Forward Modeling
(30 mins talk, 30 mins discussion)

L. Pueyo

12:30 - 2:00

Lunch on your own

2:00 - 3:00 Breakout Session Groups
3:00 - 3:45 Return to Plenary Session, Breakout Groups Report Out All

3:45 - 4:15

Break

4:15 - 5:15 Breakout Session Groups
5:15 - 5:45 Plenary Discussion, selection of final breakout groups All
6:00 Dinner at the Athenaeum with special guests

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Keck Center - Think Tank, Room 155

Time
Event
Speaker

7:30 - 8:30

Institute open for free think time, Tolman/Bacher House rooms available

8:30 - 9:00

Coffee and informal breakfast pastries / free think time continued

9:00 - 9:15

Logistics and Team Lead Update

Michele Judd
Team Leads

9:15 - 10:15

Breakout Session

TBD

10:15 - NOON

Outline of final report, writing assignments

All

NOON - 2:00

Lunch in Institute / free think time

2:00 - 2:45

Plenary Discussion about next steps, outcomes and recommendations for the next 1-10 years

All

2:45 - 3:30

Final breakout (writing)

Groups

3:30 - 4:00

Break

4:00 - 4:45 Final Plenary Discussion All
4:45 - 5:00 Workshop Closeout Michele Judd

Workshop Participants:

  • Olivier Absil –Université de Liège
  • Dani Atkinson – University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
  • Ruslan (Rus) Belikov – NASA Ames Research Center
  • Paul Bierden - Boston Micromachines Corporation
  • Michael Bottom - JPL
  • Elodie Choquet – JPL
  • Jacques-Robert Delorme – Caltech
  • Michael Fitzgerald – UCLA
  • Richard Frazin - University of Michigan
  • Rebecca Jensen-Clem - Caltech (Graduate Student)
  • Nemanja (Nem) Jovanovic – NAOJ Subaru Telescope
  • Jared Males - University of Arizona
  • Christian Marois – National Research Council of Canada
  • Dimitri Mawet - Caltech
  • Ben Mazin – UC Santa Barbara
  • Seth Meeker – UC Santa Barbara
  • Bertrand Mennesson - JPL
  • Max Millar-Blanchaer – JPL
  • Laurent Pueyo – Space Telescope Science Institute
  • AJ Riggs - JPL
  • Garreth Ruane – Caltech
  • Gautam Vasisht – JPL
  • Kent Wallace - JPL
  • Alex Walter – UC Santa Barbara
  • Ji Wang – Caltech

Lodging for out-of-town attendees

There are a number of hotels (pdf) that are close to the Caltech campus where we have a negotiated rate. (Please note that this negotiated rate does not guarantee you the lowest rate as there may be internet specials or AAA rates that may be better.)

Please note that with enough notice, you can reserve rooms for attendees at the Athenaeum, which has been recognized as a Platinum Club of America. Newly refurbished, it is conveniently located on the Caltech Campus. Contact Janet Seid if you would like to check the availability of this option.


Visa Requirements

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Parking (for Visitors and for JPL Personnel)

For Visitors: From the Arroyo Parkway, turn right (east) on Del Mar Avenue. Proceed approximately one and a quarter miles. The Caltech campus will be on your right. Turn right (south) onto Michigan Avenue. Turn right into the outdoor parking lot and park in an unmarked spot. Buy a parking permit from the kiosks near the middle of the lot or request one ahead of time from KISS.

For JPL Personnel: JPLers may use their JPL hang tag for parking or request a special parking hangtag from the JPL parking office. Employees who do not have on-Lab parking privileges can obtain a hang tag created for this purpose from JPL parking coordinator Robert Kennedy (818-354-4586, Building 310-108B, 9/80 schedule). Please park in the outdoor parking lot located on Michigan Avenue in an unmarked spot.


Maps and General Information on Pasadena

Directions and Maps

Workshop Presentations

Dani Atkinson
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Next-generation performance of SAPHIRA HgCdTe APDs
(2.3 MB .pdf)
Paul Bierden
Boston Micromachines Corporation
MEMS Deformable Mirror Technology for Exoplanet Imaging Instrumentation
(3.7 MB .pdf)

Richard A. Frazin
University of Michigan

Millisecond Exposures in Ground-Based Exoplanet Imaging
(3.8 MB .pdf)
Jared Males
University of Arizona
The Promise of Predictive Control: A Factor of 10+
(4.2 MB .pdf)
Christian Marois
National Research Council of Canada
Ground-based Thermal imaging of Habitable Exoplanets
(4.9 MB .pdf)
Dimitri Mawet
Caltech
Exoplanet Imaging and Characterization: Coherent Differential Imaging and Signal Detection Statistics
(42 KB .pdf)
AJ Riggs
JPL
Sensor Fusion Possibilities in High-Contrast Imaging
(236 KB .pdf)
Gautam Vasisht
JPL
Workshop Overview (1.14 MB .pdf)
Notes (332 KB .pdf)
Ji Wang
Caltech
High Dispersion Coronagraphy (HDC)
(895 KB .pdf)