Dr. Michael W. Davis
Principal Scientist at Southwest Research Institute
SPIE Involvement:
Conference Program Committee | Author
Area of Expertise:
UV spectroscopy , UV, Vis, and IR detectors , Astronomical instrumentation , ZEMAX , Optical Design and Tolerancing , IDL Programming
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Profile Summary

Dr. Davis is an astrophysicist specializing in the design and testing of astronomical instruments. His research interests include UV/VIS/IR imaging and spectroscopy, planetary atmospheres, and galactic astrophysics. His graduate training focused on the development of Michigan State University’s Spartan IR Camera for the 4-m Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) Telescope at Cerro Pachon, Chile. His dissertation research developed a new method for measuring the mass of groups of distant galaxies via gravitational lensing and photometric redshifts. Dr. Davis has integrated and tested UV instrumentation for over a decade, including the Big Dog Planetary Rocket payload (NASA sounding rocket flights 36.201 UL and 36.210 UL) and the ALICE spectrograph for New Horizons. He is the Instrument Scientist for the Rapid Acquisition Imaging Spectrograph Experiment (RAISE, NASA sounding rocket flight 36.219 US), and designed the slit-jaw camera for that payload. Dr. Davis is the Optics, Detector, and Calibration Scientist for the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP), an ALICE-type instrument for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). Dr. Davis is also a member of the LAMP science team. Dr. Davis is the optics, detector, and calibration lead for the UVS instrument for NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter. He also supports optical design and test efforts for projects ranging from extreme ultraviolet imaging to rotating prism assemblies for imaging and low-res spectroscopy in the near-infrared. Dr. Davis is in charge of the Division 15 Vacuum Ultraviolet Radiometric Test Chamber used to test and calibrate spaceflight UV instrumentation. Dr. Davis is an expert user of the ZEMAX optical design software package since 1999, and has received training in both Advanced Optical Design and Stray Light and Illumination from ZEMAX Development Corporation. Dr. Davis has authored or co-authored over 35 technical papers in the fields of ultraviolet spectroscopy and astronomical instrumentation.
Publications (21)

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | August 29, 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10397, UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XX
KEYWORDS: Spectrographs, Aerospace engineering, Ultraviolet radiation, Microchannel plates, Imaging spectroscopy, Reconnaissance, Space operations, Spectroscopes, Space reconnaissance

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | July 27, 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9915, High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy VII
KEYWORDS: Spectrographs, Electronics, Silica, Sensors, Ultraviolet radiation, Particles, Microchannel plates, Photons, Gamma radiation, Jupiter

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | July 18, 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9905, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
KEYWORDS: Spectrographs, Atrial fibrillation, Sensors, Ultraviolet radiation, Particles, Photons, Ions, Light scattering, Space operations, Comets

SPIE Journal Paper | September 11, 2015
JATIS Vol. 1 Issue 04
KEYWORDS: Silicon, Semiconducting wafers, Ultraviolet radiation, Sensors, Oxides, Quantum efficiency, Doping, CMOS technology, Imaging arrays, Antimony

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | August 24, 2015
Proc. SPIE. 9601, UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XIX
KEYWORDS: Mirrors, Spectrographs, Sensors, Ultraviolet radiation, Light scattering, Lamps, Reflectivity, Space operations, Stray light, Diffraction gratings

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | July 25, 2014
Proc. SPIE. 9144, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
KEYWORDS: Mirrors, Spectrographs, Sensors, Calibration, Ultraviolet radiation, Silicon, Lamps, Photodiodes, Diodes, Monochromators

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Conference Committee Involvement (2)
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts V
21 August 2011 | San Diego, California, United States
X-Ray, UV, Visible, and IR Instrumentation for Planetary Missions
4 August 2009 | San Diego, California, United States
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