"Atomic layer coatings to solar CubeSats: unique research experiences of a grad student" (speaker: Christopher S. Moore, Colorado University)

Friday, April 7, 10:30am
NE83-530b (the 'skylight room')

Christopher S. Moore is a PhD candidate at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences Department. His dissertation research includes: (1) NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF) project to help create high reflective UV-VIS-IR coatings for the next generation of astronomical space telescopes [project advisor is Prof. Kevin France] and (2) Detector characterization and solar science analysis of the Miniature X-ray Solar Spectrometer (MinXSS) CubeSat mission [project advisor is Tom Woods]. Chris’ general research interests include the solar-stellar connection and optical properties of materials.

During this talk, the audience will be guided on a two part journey. Part one takes a tour into the development of atomic layer deposited thin film metal-fluorides to help create high reflective UV aluminum mirrors for future astronomical space telescopes. Improved performance in the Lymanultraviolet (91.2 121.56 nm) will enhance astronomical science investigations focused on exo-planet atmospheres, the warm galactic medium and supernovae to name a few. The second aspect includes a description of the Miniature X-ray Solar Spectrometer (MinXSS) 3U CubeSat instruments. The MinXSS mission commenced on May 16, 2017 and has been operating nominally. A demonstration of MinXSS to infer solar temperature, emission and elemental abundance properties are discussed, along with future science prospects.

Subset of Relevant Publication Links: ALD UV Coatings

1. http://proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/proceeding.aspx?articleid=2538389 2. http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2017arXiv170305469H
3. http://spie.org/Publications/Journal/10.1117/1.JATIS.2.4.041206
4. http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015SPIE.9601E..0XM

MinXSS CubeSat – Solar Physics
http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2017ApJ...835..122W 6. http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2016SPIE.9905E..09M 7. http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015arXiv150805354M 8. http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2016SoPh..291.3567W

Relevant Web Links:

  1. http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/minxss/

  2. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/minxss-cubesat-brings-new-info...