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Nanostructured Polarization Optics for Atmospheric Remote Sensing


Montana State University – Bozeman/NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Goddard Space Flight Center, Ames Research Center, Science and Space Technology Mission Directorates The overall goal of this project is to develop new tools for polarimetry and polarimetric imaging using nanotechnology. An enhanced ability to “see� polarized light and at wavelengths outside the visible range (e.g. in the infrared) can provide a wealth of new information, and has potential applications in remote sensing, environmental monitoring, and medical applications. In this project, we intend to develop a new family of infrared wavelength and polarization filters based on nanostructures in silicon and compatible materials. A key advantage of this technology is that it can be readily adapted to different wavelengths and polarization configurations, making it a flexible platform for the development of filters optimized for a range of applications. The first application goal for this project is a study of polarimetric imaging for the discrimination of cloud phase (ice/water), addressing one of the most significant open questions in current climate models. Once this technology platform is developed, it can be used to extend to a broad range of further applications involving polarization-based sensing and imaging. Students working in the clean room on the fabrication of novel polarization and wavelength filters based on optical nanostructures in silicon and compatible materials.

Dr. Wataru Nakagawa, Science PI, Montana State Untiversity

Dr. David J. Diner, NASA Technical Monitor, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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