2 Scopus citations

Abstract

In this paper I describe a new and exciting application of optimization technology. The problem is to design a space telescope capable of imaging Earth-like planets around nearby stars. Because of limitations inherent in the wave nature of light, the design problem is one of diffraction control so as to provide the extremely high contrast needed to image a faint planet positioned very close to its much brighter star. I will describe the mathematics behind the diffraction control problem and explain how modern optimization tools were able to provide unexpected solutions that actually changed NASA's approach to this problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-272
Number of pages18
JournalMathematical Programming
Volume112
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Mathematics(all)

Keywords

  • Convex optimization
  • Fourier transform
  • High-contrast imaging
  • Linear programming
  • Nonlinear programming
  • Terrestrial planet finder

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Extreme optics and the search for Earth-like planets'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this