Brian A Hicks

Brian A Hicks

  • Assistant Research Scientist
  • 301.286.1927
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 667
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: UNIV OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK
  • Current Projects

    SAT/TDEM13 (PI - B. Hicks): Nulling of an Actively-Controlled Segmented Aperture Telescope

    Positions/Employment

    2/2017 - Present

    Assistant Research Scientist

    University of Maryland College Park, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA
    1/2016 - 1/2017

    Visiting Assistant Research Scientist

    University of Maryland College Park, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA
    1/2014 - 12/2015

    Fellow

    NASA Postdoctoral Program, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA
    2/2012 - 1/2014

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    UMass Lowell Center for Atmospheric Research, Lowell, MA, USA

    Education

    PhD Boston University 2012

    MA Boston University 2006

    BA Macalester College 2002

    Professional Societies

    American Astronomical Society (AAS), 2011 - Present
    International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), 2007 - Present
    Optical Society America (OSA), 2007 - Present

    Professional Service

    JOURNAL REVIEWERSHIP
    Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems (SPIE)
    Journal of Electronic Imaging (SPIE)
    Optics Express (OSA)
    Biomedical Optics Express (OSA)

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Hicks, B. A. 2016. "Exoplanet detection and characterization via parallel broadband nulling coronagraphy." Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, 2 (1): 011015-1-011015-12 [10.1117/1.JATIS.2.1.011015]

    Hicks, B. A., S. Chakrabarti, and T. A. Cook. 2014. "Interferometric nulling limits with tip-tilt-piston deformable mirrors and a pinhole spatial filter array." Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, 1 (1): 019001 [10.1117/1.jatis.1.1.019001]

    Hicks, B. A., M. E. Danowski, J. F. Martel, and T. A. Cook. 2013. "High etendue UV camera for simultaneous four-color imaging on a single detector." Applied Optics, 52 (21): 5194 [10.1364/ao.52.005194]

    Mendillo, C. B., S. Chakrabarti, T. A. Cook, B. A. Hicks, and B. F. Lane. 2012. "Flight demonstration of a milliarcsecond pointing system for direct exoplanet imaging." Applied Optics, 51 (29): 7069 [10.1364/ao.51.007069]

    Hicks, B., T. Cook, B. Lane, and S. Chakrabarti. 2010. "OPD measurement and dispersion reduction in a monolithic interferometer." Optics Express, 18 (16): 17542 [10.1364/oe.18.017542]

    Cook, T. A., B. A. Hicks, P. G. Jung, and S. Chakrabarti. 2009. "Far-ultraviolet astronomical narrowband imaging." Applied Optics, 48 (10): 1936 [10.1364/ao.48.001936]

    Hicks, B., T. Cook, B. Lane, and S. Chakrabarti. 2009. "Monolithic achromatic nulling interference coronagraph: design and performance." Applied Optics, 48 (26): 4963 [10.1364/ao.48.004963]

    Non-Refereed

    Hicks, B. A., R. G. Lyon, P. Petrone, et al. M. Ballard, M. R. Bolcar, J. A. Bolognese, M. Clampin, P. J. Dogoda, D. Dworzanski, M. A. Helmbrecht, C. Koca, and R. Shiri. 2016. "The Segmented Aperture Interferometric Nulling Testbed (SAINT) I: overview and air-side system description." Proc. SPIE, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave 9904: [Full Text (Link)] [10.1117/12.2234313]

    Hicks, B. A., R. G. Lyon, M. R. Bolcar, et al. M. Clampin, P. Petrone, M. A. Helmbrecht, J. M. Howard, and I. J. Miller. 2016. "Recent developments with the visible nulling coronagraph." Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging V 9907: [10.1117/12.2234315]

    Hicks, B. A., R. G. Lyon, P. Petrone, et al. I. J. Miller, M. R. Bolcar, M. Clampin, M. A. Helmbrecht, and U. Mallik. 2015. "Demonstrating broadband billion-to-one contrast with the Visible Nulling Coronagraph." Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VII [10.1117/12.2189101]

    Hicks, B. A., R. G. Lyon, M. R. Bolcar, M. Clampin, and P. Petrone. 2014. "High-contrast visible nulling coronagraph for segmented and arbitrary aperture telescopes." Proc. SPIE, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave 9143: [10.1117/12.2056296]

    Hicks, B. A., K. Oram, N. Lewis, et al. C. Mendillo, P. Bierden, T. Cook, and S. Chakrabarti. 2013. "Direct imaging of exoplanetary systems with a monolithic multispectral camera." Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VI 8864: [10.1117/12.2026991]

    Mendillo, C. B., B. A. Hicks, T. A. Cook, et al. T. G. Bifano, D. A. Content, B. F. Lane, B. M. Levine, D. Rabin, S. R. Rao, R. Samuele, E. Schmidtlin, M. Shao, J. K. Wallace, and S. Chakrabarti. 2012. "PICTURE: a sounding rocket experiment for direct imaging of an extrasolar planetary environment." Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave 8442: [10.1117/12.926408]

    Rao, S. R., J. K. Wallace, R. Samuele, et al. S. Chakrabarti, T. Cook, B. Hicks, P. Jung, B. Lane, B. M. Levine, C. Mendillo, E. Schmidtlin, M. Shao, and J. B. Stewart. 2008. "Path length control in a nulling coronagraph with a MEMS deformable mirror and a calibration interferometer." MEMS Adaptive Optics II 6888: [10.1117/12.763652]

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Hicks, B. A. 2016. "Exoplanet detection and characterization via parallel broadband nulling coronagraphy." Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems 2 (1): 011015-1-011015-12 [10.1117/1.JATIS.2.1.011015]

    Hicks, B. A., S. Chakrabarti, and T. A. Cook. 2014. "Interferometric nulling limits with tip-tilt-piston deformable mirrors and a pinhole spatial filter array." Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems 1 (1): 019001 [10.1117/1.jatis.1.1.019001]

    Hicks, B. A., M. E. Danowski, J. F. Martel, and T. A. Cook. 2013. "High etendue UV camera for simultaneous four-color imaging on a single detector." Applied Optics 52 (21): 5194 [10.1364/ao.52.005194]

    Mendillo, C. B., S. Chakrabarti, T. A. Cook, B. A. Hicks, and B. F. Lane. 2012. "Flight demonstration of a milliarcsecond pointing system for direct exoplanet imaging." Applied Optics 51 (29): 7069 [10.1364/ao.51.007069]

    Hicks, B., T. Cook, B. Lane, and S. Chakrabarti. 2010. "OPD measurement and dispersion reduction in a monolithic interferometer." Optics Express 18 (16): 17542 [10.1364/oe.18.017542]

    Cook, T. A., B. A. Hicks, P. G. Jung, and S. Chakrabarti. 2009. "Far-ultraviolet astronomical narrowband imaging." Applied Optics 48 (10): 1936 [10.1364/ao.48.001936]

    Hicks, B., T. Cook, B. Lane, and S. Chakrabarti. 2009. "Monolithic achromatic nulling interference coronagraph: design and performance." Applied Optics 48 (26): 4963 [10.1364/ao.48.004963]

    Non-Refereed

    Hicks, B. A., R. G. Lyon, P. Petrone, et al. M. Ballard, M. R. Bolcar, J. A. Bolognese, M. Clampin, P. J. Dogoda, D. Dworzanski, M. A. Helmbrecht, C. Koca, and R. Shiri. 2016. "The Segmented Aperture Interferometric Nulling Testbed (SAINT) I: overview and air-side system description." Proc. SPIE, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave 9904 [Full Text (Link)] [10.1117/12.2234313]

    Hicks, B. A., R. G. Lyon, M. R. Bolcar, et al. M. Clampin, P. Petrone, M. A. Helmbrecht, J. M. Howard, and I. J. Miller. 2016. "Recent developments with the visible nulling coronagraph." Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging V 9907 [10.1117/12.2234315]

    Hicks, B. A., R. G. Lyon, P. Petrone, et al. I. J. Miller, M. R. Bolcar, M. Clampin, M. A. Helmbrecht, and U. Mallik. 2015. "Demonstrating broadband billion-to-one contrast with the Visible Nulling Coronagraph." Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VII [10.1117/12.2189101]

    Hicks, B. A., R. G. Lyon, M. R. Bolcar, M. Clampin, and P. Petrone. 2014. "High-contrast visible nulling coronagraph for segmented and arbitrary aperture telescopes." Proc. SPIE, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave 9143 [10.1117/12.2056296]

    Hicks, B. A., K. Oram, N. Lewis, et al. C. Mendillo, P. Bierden, T. Cook, and S. Chakrabarti. 2013. "Direct imaging of exoplanetary systems with a monolithic multispectral camera." Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VI 8864 [10.1117/12.2026991]

    Mendillo, C. B., B. A. Hicks, T. A. Cook, et al. T. G. Bifano, D. A. Content, B. F. Lane, B. M. Levine, D. Rabin, S. R. Rao, R. Samuele, E. Schmidtlin, M. Shao, J. K. Wallace, and S. Chakrabarti. 2012. "PICTURE: a sounding rocket experiment for direct imaging of an extrasolar planetary environment." Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave 8442 [10.1117/12.926408]

    Rao, S. R., J. K. Wallace, R. Samuele, et al. S. Chakrabarti, T. Cook, B. Hicks, P. Jung, B. Lane, B. M. Levine, C. Mendillo, E. Schmidtlin, M. Shao, and J. B. Stewart. 2008. "Path length control in a nulling coronagraph with a MEMS deformable mirror and a calibration interferometer." MEMS Adaptive Optics II 6888 [10.1117/12.763652]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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