Dr. Paul K. Davis
Optics Physicist at
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Area of Expertise:
optics , mass spectroscopy , meteorites , simulation , lunar samples , astrophysics
Profile Summary

My graduate work was with Dr. John H. Reynolds at U.C. Berkeley, in the field of mass spectroscopy, with application to lunar samples and meteorites. Since then I have worked in the fields of building energy conservation through computer simulation of thermal physics, magnetic disk surface simulation, optics analysis and simulation, astronomical space telescope design, and optical instrument design. Major projects have included the Spitzer Space Telescope and SOFIA. I also have contributed to many others, including radiometer design, Kepler Space Telescope, and PIAA coronagraph development.
Publications (5)

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | September 27, 2013
Proc. SPIE. 8840, Optical Modeling and Performance Predictions VI
KEYWORDS: Diffraction, Fourier transforms, Computer simulations, Monte Carlo methods, Optical simulations, Convolution, Algorithm development, Bessel functions, Performance modeling, Radio propagation

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | March 3, 2003
Proc. SPIE. 4857, Airborne Telescope Systems II
KEYWORDS: Observatories, Telescopes, Mirrors, Polishing, Optical spheres, Interferometers, Manufacturing, Analytical research, Infrared astronomy, Surface finishing

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | July 28, 2000
Proc. SPIE. 4013, UV, Optical, and IR Space Telescopes and Instruments
KEYWORDS: Telescopes, Mirrors, Spectrographs, Stars, Sensors, Space telescopes, Space operations, Galactic astronomy, Cryogenics, Astrobiology

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | January 21, 1993
Proc. SPIE. 1765, Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments V
KEYWORDS: Optical components, Radio optics, Reflection, Sensors, Reflectivity, Computer simulations, Infrared radiation, Radiometry, Optical cryogenics, Radiative transfer

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | November 1, 1990
Proc. SPIE. 1340, Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments IV
KEYWORDS: Observatories, Telescopes, Mirrors, Astronomy, Sensors, Space telescopes, Infrared radiation, Infrared telescopes, Stray light, Optical cryogenics

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