Frank De Luccia

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It is possible for a classical field theory to have two stable homogeneous ground states, only one of which is an absolute energy minimum. In the quantum version of the theory, the ground state of higher energy is a false vacuum, rendered unstable by barrier penetration. There exists a well-established semi-classical'theory of the decay of such false vacua.(More)
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) is one of the key environmental remote-sensing instruments onboard the Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership spacecraft, which was successfully launched on October 28, 2011 from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Following a series of spacecraft and sensor activation operations, the VIIRS(More)
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instruments on-board both the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) and the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) spacecraft, with launch dates of October 2011 and December 2016 respectively, are cross-track scanners with an angular swath of ±56.06°. A four-mirror Rotating Telescope(More)
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) sensor onboard Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (SNPP) has 22 bands spanning the visible and infrared wavelengths from 0.4 to 12.5 um. The bands consist of 14 reflective solar bands (RSB), 7 thermal emissive bands (TEB), and a day night band. The sensor data record (SDR) product contains(More)
This paper will examine the initial results of performance verification testing of the first VIIRS sensor, the Engineering Development Unit (EDU). The EDU was completed and began the initial stages of integration testing in late 2004. As the EDU progresses through ambient and thermal vacuum testing, test data are collected, analyzed, and evaluated. Raytheon(More)
A complement of Readiness, Implementation and Management Plans (RIMPs) to facilitate management of post-launch product test activities for the official Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOESR) Level 1b (L1b) products have been developed and documented. Separate plans have been created for each of the GOES-R sensors including: the Advanced(More)