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GST Hires Longtime NASA Scientist

Photonics.com
Jun 2010
GREENBELT, Md., June 16, 2010 — Global Science & Technology Inc. (GST) announced Dr. Jack Bufton as its first Electro-Optical Sensor Systems scientist.

Bufton will support NASA scientists and engineers in the development and flight of airborne and space-based lidar systems for sensing vegetation and other complex, dynamic Earth-surface structures.

His 35-year career at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) culminated in the flight of laser altimeter instrumentation on the Mars Orbiting Laser Altimeter (MOLA), Shuttle Laser Altimeter (SLA) and the ICESAT-1 Mission.

He served as an engineering team member of MOLA, the principal investigator of SLA and as a science team member of ICESAT. Additionally, he has held engineering section and branch head administrative positions at GSFC, and held the position of associate division chief for sensor physics in the Laboratory for Terrestrial Physics.

For more information, visit:  www.gst.com 



GLOSSARY
electro-optics
1. The branch of physics that deals with the use of electrical energy to create or manipulate light waves, generally by changing the refractive index of a light-propagating material; 2. Collectively, the devices used to affect the intersection of electrical energy and light. Compare with optoelectronics.
lidar
An acronym of light detection and ranging, describing systems that use a light beam in place of conventional microwave beams for atmospheric monitoring, tracking and detection functions. Ladar, an acronym of laser detection and ranging, uses laser light for detection of speed, altitude, direction and range; it is often called laser radar.
sensor
1. A generic term for detector. 2. A complete optical/mechanical/electronic system that contains some form of radiation detector.
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