JPL Technical Reports Server: Recent submissions

  • Samoska, Lorene; Fung, Andy; Kangaslahti, Pekka; Gawande, Rohit; Soria, Mary; Lawrence, Charles; Gaier, Todd; Cuadrado-Calle, David; George, Danielle; Fuller, Gary; Varonen, Mikko; Lai, Richard; Cleary, Kieran (Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2016, 2016-10-03)
    In this work, we describe monolithic millimeter-wave integrated circuit (MMIC) Low Noise Amplifier (LNA) and mixer designs for U-Band, also known as the WR19 waveguide band (40-60 GHz). The LNAs were fabricated in NGC’s ...
  • Lopez Ortega, Alejandro; Mikellides, Ioannis G.; Jorns, Benjamin A. (Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2016, 2016-07-25)
    We present a model that quantifies the magnitude of the ion-acoustic turbulence (IAT) in the plume of hollow cathodes and its effect on the resistivity and ion heating. The model takes the form of a partial differential ...
  • Briggs, Ryan M.; Fradet, Mathieu; Frez, Clifford; Forouhar, Siamak; May, Randy D. (Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2016, 2016-07-10)
    We report on the design of a six-channel tunable laser absorption spectroscopy instrument for measuring ambient gas-phase concentrations of CO, HCl, HCN, HF, CO2, and O2 in spacecraft environments. Monitoring of these ...
  • Hosseini, Sona; Harris, Walter (Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2016, 2016-06-26)
    In the temporal study of faint, extended sources at high resolving power, Spatial Heterodyne Spectrometer (SHS) can offer significant advantages about conventional dispersive grating spectrometers. We describe here a ...
  • Somawardhana, Ruwan P. (Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2016, 2016-07-10)
    The thermal architecture for the Surface Water Ocean Topography mission utilizes loop heat pipes and constant conductance heat pipes to transport waste heat (> 1000 Watts) from the instrument electronics to the radiator. ...
  • Hosseini, Sona; Webster, Chris; Toon, Geoffrey; Traub, Wesley; Trauger, John (Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2016, 2016-06-26)
    We present a concept study to develop a new instrument to sequentially and over a long time measure methane abundance on Mars and find out its global seasonal variations, if any. The Planetary Homodyne Interferometer (PHI) ...
  • Troy, Mitchell; Chanan, Gary; Michaels, Scott; Dekens, Frank; Hein, Randy; Herzig, Sebastian; Karban, Robert; Nissly, Carl; Roberts, Jennifer; Rud, Michael; Seo, Byoung-Joon (Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2016, 2016-06-26)
    Alignment and Phasing System (APS) is responsible for the optical alignment via starlight of the approximately 12,000 degrees of freedom of the primary, secondary and tertiary mirrors of Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). APS is ...
  • Lavalle, Marco; Shiroma, Gustavo H.X.; Agram, Piyush; Gurrola, Eric; Sacco, Gian Franco; Rosen, Paul (Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2016, 2016-07-10)
    PLANT (Polarimetric-interferometric Lab and Analysis Tools) is a new collection of software tools developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to support processing and analysis of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data for ...
  • Hosseini, Sona; Webster, Chris; Fischer, Debra; Shkonik, Evgenya; Nikzad, Shouleh; Vasisht, Gautam; Traub, Wesley (Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2016, 2016-06-26)
    In this concept study, we are targeting to build a new instrument to sequentially observe exoplanet atmospheres and their parent’s stellar spectra over a significant time in NUV and FUV. The Compact Homodyne Astrophysics ...
  • Garner, Charles E.; Rayman, Marc D. (Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2016, 2016-07-25)
    The Dawn mission, part of NASA’s Discovery Program, has as its goal the scientific exploration of the two most massive main-belt objects, Vesta and Ceres. The Dawn spacecraft was launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force ...
  • Nikolic, D.; Madzunkov, S.M. (Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2016, 2016-07-10)
    The Spacecraft Atmosphere Monitor (S.A.M.) follows the JPL’s commitment to introduce and develop next-generation instrumentation concepts for sensing the air quality on manned space flights via continuous sampling, measuring, ...
  • Pagano, Thomas; Rider, David; Teixeira, Joao; Aumann, Hartmut; Rud, Mayer; Lane, Marc; Kummer, Allen; Johnson, Dean; Rodriguez, Jose; Gunapala, Sarath; Ting, Dave; Rafol, Don; Irion, Bill; Norton, Charles; Wolfenbarger, James; Pereira, John; Furlong, David; Mamula, Dan (Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2016, 2016-08-06)
    The CubeSat Infrared Atmospheric Sounder (CIRAS) will measure upwelling infrared radiation of the Earth in the MWIR region of the spectrum from space on a CubeSat. CIRAS will demonstrate two new infrared sounding technologies. ...
  • Imken, Travis; Sherwood, Brent; Elliott, John; Frick, Andreas; McCoy, Kelli; Oh, David; Kahn, Peter; Karapetian, Arbi; Polit-Casillas, Raul; Cable, Morgan; Lunine, Jonathan; Kempf, Sascha; Southworth, Ben; Tucker, Scott; Waite, J. Hunter (Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2016, 2016-08-06)
    Europa, the Galilean satellite second from Jupiter, contains a vast, subsurface ocean of liquid water. Recent observations indicate possible plume activity. If such a plume expels ocean water into space as at Enceladus, a ...
  • Zhou, Hanying; Krist, John; Nemati, Bijan (Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2016, 2016-06-26)
    The current NASA WFIRST (Wide-Field InfraRed Survey Telescope) coronagraph instrument (CGI) design allocates two subband filters per each full science band in order to contain system complexity and cost. We present our ...
  • Zhou, Hanying; Nemati, Bijan; Krist, John (Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2016, 2016-06-26)
    JPL has recently passed an important milestone in its technology development for a proposed NASA WFIRST mission: demonstration of a better than 1x10-8 contrast over broad bandwidth (10%) on both shaped pupil coronagraph ...
  • Sauder, Jonathan; Chahat, Nacer; Hirsch, Brian; Hodges, Richard; Peral, Eva; Thomson, Mark W.; Rahmat-Samii, Yahya (Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2017, 2017-01-09)
    CubeSats have experienced a number of exciting technological advancements in the past several years. However, until recently, there has been very limited development in the area of high gain CubeSat antennas, which are ...
  • Khoshakhlagh, A.; Ting, D.Z.; Soibel, A.; Hill, C.J.; Hoglund, L.; Nguyen, J.; Keo, S.A.; Liao, A.; Gunapala, S.D. (Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2016, 2016-10-02)
    We report on band engineering, growth and device performance of infrared photodetectors based on type II InAs/Ga(In)Sb strain layer superlattices (SLs) using the complementary barrier infrared detector (CBIRD) design. The ...
  • Halpern, David; Drinkwater, Mark R.; Meier, Walter N.; Melling, Humfrey (Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2016, 2016-06-08)
  • Bar-Cohen, Yoseph (Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2016, 2016-06-05)
    Humanoids are increasingly becoming capable biologically inspired robots that are appearing and behaving lifelike. Making humanlike robots is the ultimate challenge to biomimetics and, while for many years they were ...
  • Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Zacny, Kris; Badescu, Mircea; Lee, Hyeong Jae; Sherrit, Stewart; Bao, Xiaoqi; Freeman, David; Paulsen, Gale L.; Beegle, Luther (Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2016, 2016-06-05)
    Two of the key purposes of future NASA’s solar system exploration of planetary bodies are the search for potentially preserved bio-signatures and for habitable regions. To address these objectives, a biologically inspired ...