Eliminating Poisson's Spot with Linear Programming [chapter]

Robert J. Vanderbei
2009 Operations Research and Cyber-Infrastructure  
A leading design concept for NASA's upcoming planet-finding space telescope involves placing an occulter 72, 000 km in front of a 4-m telescope. The purpose of the occulter is to block the bright starlight thereby enabling the telescope to take pictures of planets orbiting the blocked star. Unfortunately, diffraction effects prevent a simple circular occulter from providing a sufficiently dark shadow-a specially shaped occulter is required. In this paper, I explain how to reduce this
more » ... ization problem to a large-scale linear programming problem that can be solved with modern LP tools.
doi:10.1007/978-0-387-88843-9_24 fatcat:jcmjgvknyrfjvehluizrgwmu7y