Direct Correlation Spectrometer and Solar Simulation Testbed for Research on Space Situational Awareness and Optical Communications
John F. Muth
Project runs from 08/15/2019 to 08/14/2020
The requested equipment consists of various commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components that will be assembled into an ultraspectral solar simulator testbed. The instrument can also be used as a high spectral resolution (Δλ ~ 0.004 nm or resolving power R = 137,500 at λ = 550 nm) monochromator or spectrograph. This testbed will serve as a platform for quantifying the performance of Fraunhofer line discriminators for luminescence and fluorescence detection, testing solar-blind imaging approaches, and for testing free-space optical communications systems or signaling methods.