IEEE Photonics Society

Boston Photonics Society Chapter

Boston Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society

Applications of Optics and Photonics in Space PDF

Wednesday, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 2019, 7:00–9:30 PM
Located at MIT Lincoln Laboratory – 3 Forbes Road, Lexington, MA, 02420, USA

This workshop will feature talks on different applications of Optics and Photonics in space. Employing Optics and Photonics beyond earth's atmosphere is a new frontier for laser communications, optical sensors, and space exploration, which is being driven by the affordable launch cost of small satellite systems (e.g. CubeSats), the military, NASA's space telescopes, as well as the commercial delivery systems of SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic.

These applications include secure quantum optical communication systems, optical sensors for earth observation (weather forecasting, climate change, natural resources), space-based Lidar systems, monitoring sun activity for solar storms, the Hubble and James Webb telescopes for deep space observation, planetary missions (e.g. New Horizon Pluto and Kuiper belt mission), the search for extra-terrestrial life and exoplanets, and space based optical interferometers for the detection of gravitational waves. A NASA sponsored program - Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD), 622 megabits per second from moon to earth, ushered in a new era in high-speed outer space laser communications, changing the landscape of laser-based space data communication forever. The future NASA Orion Mission (human to moon) will include a lasercom link. In addition, closer to earth, Google and Facebook are exploring high-speed free-space optical communications (Internet in the sky) for expanding their customer base.

This workshop will bring together leading experts in this field to discuss the latest technological applications of Optics and Photonics in space. This workshop also aims to foster communication and collaboration through networking among the individual engineers and researchers attending. Learn more about the rapid innovations in space optics and photonics directly from the foremost researchers in the different specialties involved, by registering for and attending this local Boston workshop on Applications of Optics and Photonics in Space.

April 3, 2019

Laser Communication for NASA Mission Slides

Dr. Farzana Khatri, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, MA

Enabling Exoplanet Direct Imaging with CubeSats Slides

Prof. Kerri Cahoy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

April 10, 2019

Ground-Based and Space Telescopes: Current and Future Slides

Dr. Jane Luu, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, MA

TESS: The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite Slides

Ms. Kristin Clark, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, MA

April 17, 2019

Integrated Photonics for Communications and Sensing in Space Slides

Prof. Jonathan Klamkin, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna: Observing mHz Gravitational Waves from Space Slides

Prof. John W. Conklin, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

April 24, 2019

Lower Frequency Bands Emerging as Valid Alternatives to Free-space Lasercom in Terrestrial, Aerial, and Satellite Links Slides

Dr. Hamid Hemmati, Facebook, Pasadena, CA

Optical Crosslinks for Data Relay in Low Earth Orbit Slides

Dr. Timothy Yarnall, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, MA

May 1, 2019

The Beginning of Gravitational Wave Astronomy Slides

Prof. Rainer Weiss, 2017 Nobel Laureate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Radioisotope Positron Propulsion for Astronomy at the Solar Gravitational Lens Slides

Dr. Ryan Weed, Positron Dynamics, Livermore, CA

Advance registration and fee required (Open to all IEEE members as well as non-members)

$75/$85 (IEEE Member/Non-Member) early registration fee for ten 1-hour talks over five nights; cost includes coffee and cookies each night, as well as downloadable copies of speakers slides. Early registration deadline March 15th, 2019. Post deadline fee $85/$95 (IEEE Member/Non-Member).

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Onsite registration available

For more information on the technical content of the workshop, contact either:
1) Farhad Hakimi, (, Chair
2) Bill Nelson, (, Co-Chair
3) Dean Tsang, (, Co-Chair