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Optics Branch (Code 551)

Testbed Telescope (TBT); a 1/6th scale model of the James Web Telescrope (JWST)

Testbed Telescope (TBT); a 1/6th scale model of the James Webb Telescrope (JWST)

Mission

The Optics Branch supports all phases of optical component and system development, including: design, fabrication, verification, and system integration and test. The Branch works from the X-Ray to the infrared, from optical components to instruments and can assist with design and analysis including polarization, radiometry, system modeling and analysis, stray light, and tolerancing. Our fabrication shop specializes in grinding, polishing, and thin film deposition including world class high reflectance ultraviolet coatings. It has the capability to perform transmittance and reflectance measurements or cryogenic index of refraction measurements of unprecedented accuracies on optical components.

The Branch is also home to some of the world leaders in cutting-edge phase retrieval and high speed computational optics. In support of state-of-the art metrology and integration; the Branch maintains a full complement of alignment tools including laser trackers, laser radar, romer arm, and the first cryogenic photogrammetry system to operate down to 30K. The Branch can assist with proposal support involving design, costing, staffing, concepts, and breadboarding of optical systems.

An engineer performs the final checkout on the Beam Image Analyzer (BIA) inside the Space Environment Simulator Chamber piro to lowering chamber to -240 C   Optical Engineer (Matt Bolcar) collecting phase retrieval images using the engineering unit of Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) instrument

An engineer performs the final checkout on the Beam Imager Analyzer (BIA) inside the Space Environment Simulator Chamber piro to lowering chamber to -240 C

 

Optical Engineer (Matt Bolcar) collecting phase retrieval images using the engineering unit of Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) instrument

Optical Engineer (Carl Strojny) monitors the fabrication of a diamond-tuned optic   Examination of flight detectors for Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) instrument

Optical Engineer (Carl Strojny) monitors the fabrication of a diamond-tuned optic

 

Examination of flight detectors for Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) instrument

 

Branch Management Team

Pete Maymon Felix Threat Manuel Quijada

Pete Maymon
Acting Head

Felix Threat
Associate Head

Manuel Quijada
Associate Head
Catherine Marx Ron Shiri Len Seals
Catherine Marx
Associate Head
Ron Shiri
Associate Head
Len Seals
Associate Head
     
   

Ray Ohl
Associate Head (Acting)

   

 

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