Astronomy was headline news on July 12, with the release of the amazing first full-color images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). However, let’s not forget about the Hubble Space Telescope.
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a very large, complex, challenging mission, and the Synopsys optical engineering team has been privileged to be a member of the JWST Product Integrity Team throughout this demanding project. Launch is scheduled for December 24, 7:20 a.m. EST.
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Dr. Blake Crowther, principal engineer for imaging optics in the Synopsys Optical Solutions Group, shares his insights about the objectives, challenges, and most satisfying aspects of designing the zoom camera aboard the Mars rover Perseverance.
In prior posts, we described several space missions and instruments in which Synopsys software and our consulting engineering services team were involved. This final installment describes the technology revolution that is enabling smaller, lighter, and higher-performing space-based optical systems.
Our engineering services team has contributed to many NASA projects, including the Mastcam-Z zoom camera on the latest Mars rover. Find out what other space projects our engineering team has been involved with.
Learn how our optical design software and engineering services have contributed to the NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and the Great Observatories.
Learn how LightTools can be used with Synopsys Simpleware software to provide simulation data to develop a new generation of light-based technologies, including advanced biomedical diagnostics and treatments.
In LightTools, a “User Defined Optical Property” (UDOP) can be created to model specialized optical surface properties that are not included in the standard selection of optical properties. The optical properties defined by a UDOP can be used to model actual physical effects such as birefringence, diffraction gratings, scattering, polarization, and patterned surfaces. A UDOP can also be used to effect non-physical functions such as beam replication, displacement and re-aiming, or the definition of customized receiver elements. Read our latest white paper discussing UDOPs.
Dr. Aaron Bauer of the University of Rochester is the 2020 recipient of the Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award, which recognizes significant contributions to lens design, optical engineering, or metrology. The award was established in memory of Kevin Thompson, who was Group Director of the Synopsys Optical Engineering Services team. We interviewed Dr. Bauer to learn how he became interested in optics, his current research projects, and his future goals.