Next Generation UV Instrument Technologies Enabling Missions in Astrophysics, Cosmology and Planetary Sciences

August 29 - September 2, 2011
California Institute of Technology - Pasadena, CA 91125

Final Report

Workshop Overview:

The goal of our study is to create a new paradigm in UV/Optical instrument design, detector technology, and optics that will form the technological foundation for the next generation of UV/Optical missions. Discoveries from GALEX, FUSE, HST, Cassini (UVIS), and Rosetta (ALICE) have opened up exciting new areas to be explored in UV/Optical science. At the same time, recent advances in nanotechnology and nanoengineering are creating new designer materials with unprecedented control over performance. When coupled with novel device design, these nano-engineered materials lead to new approaches in the design of detectors, sources, and optical instruments with tailored response and bandpass. The combination of these technological advances with exciting new questions in cosmology, astrophysics and planetary science, makes this a crucial moment for achieving revolutionary leaps forward in UV/Optical instrumentation and science.

We will review the science requirements for pioneering new areas, review and evaluate the emerging technologies, and develop a strategy which both links science requirements to currently available technologies and looks to the future. We will evaluate and prioritize various technologies for optics, coatings, new detector approaches, and new instrument designs; and we will recommend the promising areas for development. Through this study, the UV/Optical community will be in a stronger position to play a leading role in the concept and design of future missions based on these pioneering innovative technologies.

Workshop Participants:

  • Matthew Beasley, University of Colorado
  • Douglas D Bell, JPL
  • Kris Bertness, NIST
  • Edoardo Charbon, Delft University of Technology
  • Sam R Cheng, JPL
  • Kevin France, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Cynthia S Froning, University of Colorado
  • Tim Goodsall, Caltech
  • Frank Greer, JPL
  • Erika T Hamden, Columbia University
  • Amanda R. Hendrix, JPL
  • Michael E. Hoenk, JPL/Caltech
  • Greg Holsclaw, University of Colorado
  • Mary Elizabeth Kaiser, Johns Hopkins University
  • Christopher Martin, Caltech
  • Yuki Maruyama, Delft University of Technology
  • Matt Matuszewski, Caltech
  • Ben A Mazin, UCSB
  • Patrick Morrissey, Caltech
  • Lis K. Nanver, Delft University of Technology
  • Shouleh Nikzad, JPL
  • Tim J Norton, UMBC/NASA GSFC
  • Hakeem M Oluseyi, Florida Institute of Technology
  • Alice L. Reinheimer, E2V Technologies
  • David Schiminovich, Columbia University
  • Paul Scowen, Arizona State University
  • Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik, State University of New York-Albany
  • Ossy H. W. Siegmund, UC Berkeley
  • Wes A. Traub, JPL
  • Todd Veach, Arizona State University
  • Bruce E Woodgate, NASA GSFC

Short Course Presentations

Paul Scowen

UV Spectroscopy/Imaging and Science Questions
(11 MB .pdf)

Michael Hoenk, Frank Greer

What is on the Surface?
(6.58 MB .pdf)

Atomically precise surface and interface engineering via atomic layer deposition to enable high-performance materials, detectors, and instruments
(2.5 MB .pdf)

Nai-Chang Yeh

Doug Bell

Nanotechnology and its relevance to UV Science
(4.4 MB .pdf)

Kevin France, Chris Martin, Bruce Woodgate, Amanda Hendrix, Hakeem Olusheyi, Wes Traub

Panel Discussion on UV/Optical Science

Workshop Presentations

Kevin France
University of Colorado

From Protoplanetary Disks to Exoplanetary Atmospheres
(2.4 MB .pdf)

Amanda Hendrix

Current Questions in UV Planetary Science
(17.5 MB .pdf)

Matthew Beasley

Optical Systems for the UV
(14.5 MB .pdf)

Oswald Siegmund
UC Berkeley

Advances in microchannel plates and photocathodes for photon counting detectors
(2.7 MB .pdf)

Bruce Woodgate

GaN Photocathodes and EBCMOS Detectors for UV Astronomy
(9 MB .pdf)

Patrick Morrissey

Ultraviolet Detectors for Low Surface Brightness Astronomy
(11.6 MB .pdf)

Edoardo Charbon
Delft University of Technology

Single-Photon Imaging: Myth and Reality
(129 MB .pdf)

Shadi Shahedipour
State University of New York-Albany

Photon Detectors: Gallium Nitride Based Device Overview
(4.1 MB .pdf)

Lis Nanver
Delft University of Technology

PureB silicon photodiode detectors for DUV/VUV/EUV light and low-energy electrons
(7.7 MB .pdf)

Ben Mazin
UC Santa Barbara

Optical Lumped Element MKIDs
(4.3 MB .pdf)