Dr. Paul K. Davis
Optics Physicist
SPIE Involvement:
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 | 27 September 2013 Paper
Proceedings Volume 8840, 884002 (2013) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2024530
KEYWORDS: Fourier transforms, Bessel functions, Optical simulations, Monte Carlo methods, Computer simulations, Convolution, Diffraction, Algorithm development, Radio propagation, Performance modeling

Proceedings Article | 3 March 2003 Paper
Proceedings Volume 4857, (2003) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.458824
KEYWORDS: Mirrors, Analytical research, Polishing, Optical spheres, Manufacturing, Telescopes, Interferometers, Observatories, Infrared astronomy, Surface finishing

Proceedings Article | 28 July 2000 Paper
Scott Sandford, Thomas Greene, Louis Allamandola, Roger Arno, Jesse Bregman, Sylvia Cox, Paul Davis, Andrew Gonzalez, Michael Haas, Robert Hanel, Michael Hines, Daniel Hudgins, Robert Jackson, Peter Kittel, David Lozier, Scott Maa, Craig McCreight
Proceedings Volume 4013, (2000) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.393974
KEYWORDS: Space operations, Spectrographs, Telescopes, Sensors, Astrobiology, Space telescopes, Cryogenics, Galactic astronomy, Stars, Mirrors

Proceedings Article | 21 January 1993 Paper
Proceedings Volume 1765, (1993) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.140878
KEYWORDS: Radiometry, Reflectivity, Optical components, Sensors, Optical cryogenics, Radio optics, Reflection, Computer simulations, Infrared radiation, Radiative transfer

Proceedings Article | 1 November 1990 Paper
Paul Davis, Ann Dinger
Proceedings Volume 1340, (1990) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.23033
KEYWORDS: Mirrors, Stray light, Infrared telescopes, Space telescopes, Telescopes, Observatories, Sensors, Astronomy, Optical cryogenics, Infrared radiation

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