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NEWS RELEASE: 2008-141 July 22, 2008
JPL's software, called Adaptive Modified Gerchberg-Saxton Phase Retrieval, characterizes the optical errors in a telescope system using innovative and robust algorithms. The software may be integrated into a telescope's calibration control loops to correct those errors and markedly improve optical resolution. JPL's software can be applied to other sciences and systems that use light, such as laser communications and extrasolar planet detection.
The other award went to software engineers at NASA's
JPL's software is already used at the California Institute of Technology's Palomar Observatory, in northern
A seven-person team from JPL is responsible for the Adaptive Modified Gerchberg-Saxton Phase Retrieval Software: Scott Basinger, Siddarayappa Bikkannavar, David Cohen, Joseph Green, Catherine Ohara, David Redding and Fang Shi.
Early work for the software was based on efforts to correct the vision of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. After initial images came back blurry, engineers worked for months to determine the problem. Eventually, astronauts traveled to the telescope to install a corrective lens based on telescope-imaging errors.
"Several years ago, it took teams of experts months to agree on a correct prescription for telescope lens," said team member Siddarayappa Bikkannavar. "Our software can do all of that in just a few minutes."
David Redding said he and his team have worked since the mid-1990s to develop the innovative software, and they are gratified to receive recognition for it.
The DPLR team members include Michael J. Wright, James Brown, David Hash, Matt MacLean, Ryan McDaniel, David Saunders, Chun Tang and Kerry Trumble.
The NASA Software of the Year Award was initiated in 1994. Since then, both JPL and
A NASA Software Advisory Panel reviews entries and recommends winners to NASA's Inventions and Contributions Board for confirmation. Entries are nominated for developing innovative technologies that significantly improve the agency's exploration of space and maximize scientific discovery.
More information about NASA's Inventions and Contributions Board is at: http://icb.nasa.gov .
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