Peter Lawson

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Data analysis tasks at an Ocean Observatory require integrative and domain-specialized use of techniques from database, workflow, and visualization systems. We describe a platform to support these tasks developed as part of the cyberinfrastructure at the Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction integrating a provenanceaware workflow system, 3D(More)
Short-wavelength near-infrared (SW-NIR) (700-1100 nm) spectra of aqueous solutions of sucrose, D-glucose, and D-fructose were monitored with respect to change in temperature and sugar concentration. Sugar OH and CH related vibrations were identified by analysis of the spectra of sugar solutions in deuterium oxide (D2O), and of sucrose-d8 solutions in D2O.(More)
Small-angle coronagraphy is technically and scientifically appealing because it enables the use of smaller telescopes, allows covering wider wavelength ranges, and potentially increases the yield and completeness of circumstellar environment – exoplanets and disks – detection and characterization campaigns. However, opening up this new parameter space is(More)
The need to ascertain the status of fish stocks is a common issue for fisheries management agencies the world over. Stock assessments are usually mandated by various national or international laws and frequently include an evaluation of a stock’s current biomass and fishing mortality rate compared to some reference level, often maximum sustainable yield(More)
The discovery of extrasolar planets is one of the greatest achievements of modern astronomy. The detection of planets that vary widely in mass demonstrates that extrasolar planets of low mass exist. In this paper, we describe a mission, called Darwin, whose primary goal is the search for, and characterization of, terrestrial extrasolar planets and the(More)
We present a formal comparison of the performance of algorithms used for synthesis imaging with optical/infrared long-baseline interferometers. Five different algorithms are evaluated based on their performance with simulated test data. Each set of test data is formatted in the OI-FITS format. The data are calibrated power spectra and bispectra measured(More)
Phase shifters are a key component of nulling interferometry, one of the potential routes to enabling the measurement of faint exoplanet spectra. Here, three different achromatic phase shifters are evaluated experimentally in the mid-infrared, where such nulling interferometers may someday operate. The methods evaluated include the use of dispersive(More)
A new fringe tracker based on photon-counting detectors and real-time image processing has been implemented on the Grand Interféromètre à 2 Télescopes at the Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur. Fringe visibilities have been recorded on P Cygni and other stars across the Hαemission line with optical path differences stabilized to between 4 and 7 µm rms (1% of(More)
The Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) is envisaged as a series of two space observatories: an 8-m class optical coronagraph, to be launched around 2016; and a mid-infrared formation-flying interferometer, to be launched sometime prior to 2020. The goal of these missions, broadly stated, is to understand the formation and evolution of planets and, ultimately,(More)
We present the results of the fourth Optical/IR Interferometry Imaging Beauty Contest. The contest consists of blind imaging of test data sets derived from model sources and distributed in the OI-FITS format. The test data consists of spectral data sets on an object ”observed” in the infrared with spectral resolution. There were 4 different algorithms(More)