Astronomical systems have a great deal of value in the optics. We are always looking for ways to make develop new missions, capabilities for less money and in less time. This usually comes down to how to make optics and accommodate them in the most efficient way. In this presentation, Jon Arenberg will discuss how advanced optics manufacturing can support future advances in astronomy, from a technical and economic (program affordability) perspective.
About the presenter
Jonathan Arenberg, Ph.D., is currently chief engineer for Space Science Missions at Northrop Grumman Space Systems. He has extensive experience in all phases of program and mission development, from early technology development, mission concepts, and detailed design to test and verification, and integration and test. His last major program assignment was as chief engineer for the James Webb Space Telescope. In the last few years, Arenberg has lead major mission studies for NASA and other government customers. He has been a major contributor to paradigm-breaking mission concepts, such as the Starshade and the MODE lens. He is a creative and broad thinker, capable of addressing the most challenging problems with practical and effective solutions. In addition to his work in astronomical systems and optical systems (from x-rays to terahertz systems), Arenberg has been involved with research into laser damage measurements - specifically studying the statistics of laser damage and the performance of test protocols. He is a member of the OEOSC TF7 committee, and the ISO committee developing damage standards.
Arenberg has a Bachelor of Science in physics and a Master of Science and doctorate in engineering - all from UCLA. As a committed member of the scientific community, he is a long-serving California State Science Fair judge, frequent public speaker, referee for several journals, and guest editor for several special journal issues. He is a SPIE Fellow, for his contribution to astronomy and lasers. Arenberg is the author of over 210 conference presentations, papers, and book chapters, and he holds 14 European and U.S. patents in a wide variety of areas of technology. He is also the co-author of a recent book on systems engineering for astronomy from SPIE press. In 2020, Arenberg received the Professional Achievement Award from UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.