National Capital Section
of the Optical Society of America

 Sixth 2016-2017 meeting of the
National Capital Section of the Optical Society of America

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017, 6:00 PM

At the NASA/Goddard Visitors Center, ICESat Road, 
Greenbelt, MD


Speaker: Dr. Kevin H. Miller, Code 551, Optics Branch

 Goddard Space Flight Center

 “The Cryogenic High Accuracy Refractive Measuring System (CHARMS)”


This presentation will detail the internationally-unique Cryogenic High Accuracy Refractive Measuring System (CHARMS) facility located in the Optics Branch at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.   The uniqueness of CHARMS stems from its ability to measure the absolute refractive indices of glasses to an uncertainty level of ± 1 x 10-5 combined with its capability to transverse a wide range of temperature space (20—330 K).  The results of previous measurement campaigns investigating a multitude of glasses for a number of high-profile space-flight missions (e.g., WFIRST, TESS, Euclid, etc.) will be detailed.

Dr. Kevin H. Miller holds a B.S. in Physics from Saint Bonaventure University and a Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Florida.  He joined the Optics Branch at Goddard Space Flight Center in 2013 where we currently work as an Optical Physicist supporting a plethora of spectroscopy efforts spanning the ultraviolet to the far-infrared portions of the electromagnetic spectrum.  He is also matrixed part time to Satellite Servicing Projects Division where he serves as a Product Development Lead for flight sensors.


6:00 PM          Social Time

6:30 PM          Featured Talk

~7:45 PM        Dinner (details to be announced at the meeting.)

Jim Heany,

DIRECTIONS: to NASA/Goddard Visitor Center, Greenbelt, MD

From Washington, DC:

Take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (Rt. 295) north to Greenbelt Road (Rt. 193).  Take Greenbelt Road east for approximately two miles.  The main gate will be on the left at the first traffic light after Cipriano Road.  Continue on to the next traffic light and turn left onto ICESat Road (formerly Soil Conservation Road).  Take your first left to reach the Visitor Center.


From Baltimore:

Take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (Route 295) South to the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center.  Exit at Powder Mill road, turn left and go under the bridge.  Turn right at the first traffic light and go about 3 miles to Goodluck Road and turn right when you reach Greenbelt Road.  Take your first right at ICESat Road, which is what this section of what was Soil Conservation road is now called.  Take your first left to reach the Visitors Center.

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Dr. George Carruthers, right, and William Conway, a project manager at the Naval Research Laboratory, examine the gold-plated ultraviolet camera/spectrograph, the first moon-based observatory that Carruthers developed for the Apollo 16 mission. Apollo 16 astronauts placed the observatory on the moon in April 1972

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