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) 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)