Luca Schifano

Luca Schifano
Vrije Universiteit Brussel | VUB · Applied Physics and Photonics (TONA)

Master in Space Sciences

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We report on a near-infrared imaging spectrometer for sensing the three most prominent greenhouse gases in the atmosphere (water vapor, carbon dioxide and methane). The optical design of the spectrometer involves freeform optics, which enables achieving exceptional performance and allows progressing well beyond the state-of-the-art in terms of comp...
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The measurement of the Earth’s Outgoing Longwave Radiation plays a key role in climate change monitoring. This measurement requires a compact wide-field-of-view camera, covering the 8–14 µm wavelength range, which is not commercially available. Therefore, we present a novel thermal wide-field-of-view camera optimized for space applications, featuri...
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We report on the conceptual design of a new wide field-of-view shortwave camera, for measuring Earth’s reflected solar radiation. The camera comprises a commercial-off-the-shelf CMOS sensor, and a custom-designed wide field-of-view lens system with an opening angle of 140°. The estimated effective nadir resolution is 2.2 km. The simulated stand-alo...
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Climate on Earth is determined by the Earth Radiation Budget (ERB), which quantifies the incoming and outgoing radiative energy fluxes. The ERB can be monitored by non-scanning wide field-of-view radiometers, or by scanning narrow field-of-view radiometers. We propose an enhanced design for the wide field-of-view radiometer, with as key features th...
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Proxima b is our nearest potentially rocky exoplanet and represents a formidable opportunity for exoplanet science and possibly astrobiology. With an angular separation of only 35~mas (or 0.05~AU) from its host star, Proxima b is however hardly observable with current imaging telescopes and future space-based coronagraphs. One way to separate the p...

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