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Link to January 2016 TDEM Pre-Proposal Briefing Slides

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TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

Alan Boss (Chair), Carnegie Institution for Science
Rebecca Oppenheimer, American Museum of Natural History
Joe Pitman, The Sensing Company
Lisa Poyneer, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory
Stephen Ridgway, National Optical Astronomy Observatory




The motivation and objectives of the ExEP Technology Program are summarized in gap lists. These lists, serve to identify where technology development is needed. A technology gaps is defined as the separation between what has been done (or is known) today relative to what is needed in order to implement a specified future mission. The lists are updated by the Program Technologist, as older gaps are narrowed (or closed), and new gaps are identified.



TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT FOR EXOPLANET MISSIONS (TDEM) AWARDS

Exoplanet technology research is funded through the Technology Development for Exoplanet Missions (TDEM) component of NASA’s solicitation on Strategic Astrophysics Technology (SAT). Awards for calls from 2009 through 2013 are listed. Links are provided to the abstracts of the original proposals and to the milestone whitepapers, where available. See research opportunities »

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Year

PI

Institution

Proposal Title

CORONAGRAPH STARLIGHT SUPPRESSION DEMONSTRATIONS

2009

John Trauger

JPL/Caltech

Advanced Hybrid Lyot Coronagraph Technology for Exoplanet Missions
Abstract | Whitepaper | Final Report

2009

Olivier Guyon

Univ. of Arizona

Phase-Induced Amplitude Apodization Coronagraphy Development and Laboratory Validation
Abstract | Whitepaper #1 | Final Report #1 | Whitepaper #2 | Final Report #2

2009

Mark Clampin

NASA/GSFC

Visible Nulling Coronagraph Technology Maturation: High Contrast Imaging and Characterization of Exoplanets
Abstract | Final Report

2010

Eugene Serabyn

JPL/Caltech

Demonstrations of Deep Starlight Rejection with a Vortex Coronagraph
Abstract | Whitepaper | Final Report

2010

Olivier Guyon

Univ. of Arizona

Advances in Pupil Remapping (PIAA) coronagraphy: improving Bandwidth, Throughput and Inner Working Angle
Abstract | Final Report #3

2010

Matt Bolcar

NASA/GSFC

Compact Achromatic Visible Nulling Coronagraph Technology Maturation
Abstract | Whitepaper

2010

Jagmit Sandhu

JPL/Caltech

Visible Nulling Coronagraph (VNC) Technology Demonstration Program
Abstract | Whitepaper | Final Report

2010 **

Glenn Schneider

Univ. of Arizona

EXCEDE PIAA Coronagraph Contrast Demonstration
Whitepaper #1 | Final Report #1 | Whitepaper #2 | Final Report #2

2013

Matt Bolcar

NASA/GSFC

Segmented Aperture Nulling Coronagraphy
Abstract

2014

Eugene Serabyn

JPL/Caltech

Broadband Light Rejection with the Optical Vortex Coronagraph
Abstract

2014

Matthew Bolcar

NASA/GSFC

Next Generation Visible Nulling Coronagraph
Abstract

STARSHADE TECHNOLOGY

2009

Jeremy Kasdin

Princeton University

Starshades for Exoplanet Imaging and Characterization: Key Technology Development
Abstract | Whitepaper | Final Report

2010

Jeremy Kasdin

Princeton University

Verifying Deployment Tolerances of an External Occulter for Starlight Suppression
Abstract | Whitepaper | Final Report

2012

Suzanne Casement

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Starshade Stray Light Mitigation through Edge Scatter Modeling and Sharp-Edge Materials Development
Abstract | Whitepaper

2012

Tiffany Glassman

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Demonstration of Starshade Starlight-Suppression Performance in the Field
Abstract | Whitepaper | Final Report

2012

Jeremy Kasdin

Princeton University

Optical and Mechanical Verification of an External Occulter for Starlight Suppression
Abstract | Whitepaper #1

2013

Jeremy Kasdin***

Princeton University

Formation Flying for External Occulters
Abstract

2013

Webster Cash

University Of Colorado, Boulder

Development of Formation Flying Sensors
Abstract | Whitepaper

2014

Mark Thomson***

NASA/JPL

Optical Shield for the Starshade Inner Disc Subsystem
Abstract

WAVEFRONT SENSING & CONTROL OF SCATTERED STARLIGHT

2009

Martin Noecker

Ball Aerospace

Advanced Speckle Sensing for Internal Coronagraphs and Methods of Isolating Exoplanets from Speckles
Abstract | Whitepaper | Final Report

2010

Jeremy Kasdin

Princeton University

Integrated Coronagraph Design and Wavefront Control using Two Deformable Mirrors
Abstract | Whitepaper | Final Report

2010

Paul Bierden

Boston Micromachines Inc.

MEMS Deformable Mirror Technology Development for Space-Based Exoplanet Detection
Abstract | Whitepaper

2010

Michael Helmbrecht

Iris AO

Environmental Testing of MEMS Deformable Mirrors for Exoplanet Detection
Abstract | Whitepaper

CORONAGRAPH MODELING AND MODEL VALIDATION

2009

John Krist

JPL/Caltech

Assessing the Performance Limits of Internal Coronagraphs Through End-to-End Modeling
Abstract | Whitepaper #1 | Final Report #1 | Whitepaper #2 | Final Report #2

Readme | Milestone Report #1 Simulation Code (1.1 GB) | Final Report Simulation Code (1.3 GB)

2010

Stuart Shaklan

JPL/Caltech

Coronagraph Starlight Suppression Model Validation: Coronagraph Milestone Report #3A
Abstract | Whitepaper | Final Report

OTHER TECHNOLOGIES*

2009

Donald Figer

Rochester Inst. Tech.

A Photon-Counting Detector for Exoplanet Missions
Abstract | Whitepaper | Final Report

2013

Eduardo Bendek

NASA Ames Research Center

Enhanced direct Imaging exoplanet detection with astrometric mass determination
Abstract | Whitepaper


* Topic area excluded from the TDEM element of SAT in subsequent ROSES call

** Funded by the NASA Explorer program (not SAT) with a Category 3 award from NASA HQ (contract NNX12AH39G)

*** Re-programmed to the Starshade Technology Project