Colloquium: Danielle Wuchenich

    Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Meinel 307

    SPIDER: Lockheed Martin’s vision for a chip-scale interferometric imaging sensor


    The Advanced Technology Center (ATC) is a small R&D lab in Palo Alto, California within Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company which aims to solve challenging engineering & integration problems and provide next generation capabilities to its defense, aerospace and civilian customers. We do research and provide services such as system design and integration/testing in variety of areas, including optics, phenomenology, materials, and space sciences & instrumentation.  In this talk I will give an overview of the ATC and highlight a few areas of interest, including our efforts in ground based space situational awareness. I’ll introduce SPIDER (Segmented Planar Imaging Detector for Electro-optical Reconnaissance), our concept for an ultra-thin optical imaging sensor based on photonic integrated circuits and interferometric imaging techniques.  We’ve built a laboratory test bed to verify the SPIDER measurement concept, and I will present our current results and goals.

    Speaker Bio(s): 

    Danielle Wuchenich joined Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in 2014 after receiving her PhD in physics from the Australian National University in the Centre for Gravitational Physics. Her doctoral work focused on laser metrology techniques for space-based gravitational wave detectors and geodesy missions.  During her PhD she spent time working on the space interferometry missions LISA and GRACE Follow-On at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California as a Graduate Research Student and at the Albert Einstein Institute in Hanover, Germany as a visiting scholar.  In addition to her research at the ATC, she also works for Liquid instruments, a scientific company that she co-founded which makes high-end scientific test and measurement equipment based on FPGAs.