Eduardo Bendek

Contact Information
Title: 
Researcher, PI
Phone: 
(650)604-5850
Email : 
Eduardo.A.Bendek@nasa.gov
Professional Background
Professional Biography: 
Dr. Bendek received his bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering (ME) minoring in astrophysics in 2002. In 2004 he received his Master of Sciences in ME. In 2012 he graduated with a PhD in Optical Sciences from University of Arizona sponsored by a Fulbright Science and Technology Scholarship.

He has more that 10 years of experience in advanced astronomical instrumentation development and operations of ground and space telescopes. His areas of expertise are Laser Adaptive Optics and high contrast imaging for exoplanet detection. He worked for 3 years at the MMT observatory in Arizona and for 5 years at the ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile.

Currently he is a researcher at NASA and serves as Deputy Principal Investigator (PI) for the ACESat SMEX NASA Mission proposal. He also is PI for the ROSES grant “Enhanced direct Imaging exoplanet detection with astrometric mass determination” for the Technology Development for Exoplanet Missions (TDEM) element of the Strategic Astrophysics Technology (SAT). He also leads the Astrometry Study Analysis Groups (SAG-12) of The Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG).


Education: 
Ph.D., Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2012
MS, Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2010
MS, Mechanical Engineering, Univeridad Catolica, Santiago, Chile, 2004


Research Interests: 
Exoplanet detection and instrumentation
High contrast imaging and PIAA
Adaptive optics
Opto-mechanical design


Select Publications: 
Selected refereed papers

ACESAT RELATED PAPERS

S. Thomas, R. Belikov, E. Bendek, “Techniques for High Contrast Imaging in Multi-Star Systems I: Super-Nyquist Wavefront Control” submitted at ApJ, arXiv 1501.01583 2015.

Bendek, E., Belikov R., Lozi J., Thomas S., DeRosee R., Klupar P., "Centaur: A scientific and technology pathfinder for direct imaging exoplanet missions”, 4th Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop. Imperial College, London, UK, May 2015.

Bendek, E., Belikov, R., Thomas, S., Lozi, J., “Space mission and instrument design to image the Habitable Zone of Alpha Centauri,” AAS, 225, 311.02, 2015

CENTAUR RELATED

Bendek, E., Belikov R., Lozi J., Thomas S., DeRosee R., Klupar P., "Centaur: A scientific and technology pathfinder for direct imaging exoplanet missions”, 4th Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop. Imperial College, London, UK, May 2015.


1) E. Bendek, O. Guyon, S. M. Ammons, R. Belikov, “Laboratory demonstration of astrometric compensation using a diffractive pupil,” PASP, Vol. 125, No. 932, pp. 1212-1225, 2013.

2) O. Guyon, J. Eisner, R. Angel, N. Woolf, E. Bendek, T. Milster, M. S. Ammons, M. Shao, S. Shacklan, M. Levine, B. Nemati, F. Martinache, J. Pitman, R. Woodruff, R. Belikov, “Simultaneous Exoplanet Characterization and Deep Field Wide Imaging with a Diffractive Pupil Telescope,” ApJ, 767:11, 2013.

3) E. Bendek, R. Belikov, O. Guyon, E. Pluzhnik, “Laboratory demonstration of coronagraphic imaging with a diffractive pupil,” PASP, Vol. 125, No. 924, pp.204-202, 2013.

4) O. Guyon, E. Bendek, J. Eisner, R. Angel, N. Woolf, T. Milster, M. S. Ammons, M. Shao, S. Shacklan, M. Levine, B. Nemati, J. Pitman, R. Woodruff, R. Belikov, “High precision astrometry with a diffractive pupil telescope,” ApJ, 200:11 (22pp), 2012.

5) M. Hart, N. M. Milton, C. Baranec, K. Powell, T. Stalcup, D. McCarthy, C. Kulesa & E. Bendek, "A ground-layer adaptive optics system with multiple laser guide stars," Nature, 466, 727-729, 2010.

Selected Conference proceedings

6) E. Bendek, R. Belikov, E. Pluzhnik, G. Olivier, “High precision astrometry laboratory demonstration for exoplanet detection using a diffractive pupil telescope,” Proc. SPIE Optics and Photonics, eds. M. Clampin, G. Fazio, H. MacEwen, J. Oschmann, 8442, 2012.

7) E. Bendek, M. Hart, K. Powell, V. Vaitheeswaran, D. McCarthy, C. Kulesa, “Latest GLAO results and advancements in laser tomography implementation at the 6.5m MMT telescope,” Proc. SPIE Space Telescopes and Instrumentation, eds. R. Tyson, M. Hart, 8149, 07, 2011.

8) E. Bendek, M. Ammons, H. Shankar, O. Guyon, “Dynamic distortion calibration using a diffractive pupil: high precision astrometry laboratory demonstration for exoplanet detection,” Proc. SPIE Space Telescopes and Instrumentation, eds. S. Shaklan, 8151, 0U, 2011.

9) O. Guyon, E. Bendek, M. Ammons, M. Shao, S. Shaklan, R. Woodruff, R. Belikov, “Diffractive pupil telescope for high precision space astrometry,” Proc. SPIE Space Telescopes and Instrumentation, eds. S. Shaklan, 8151, 0S, 2011.

10) E. Bendek, M. Marchesi, F. Caruso, A. Smette, L. Vanzi & A. Kaufer, “Applications of system modeling for VLT instruments,” Proc. SPIE Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems, eds. D. R. Silva & R. E. Doxsey, 6270, 62701A, 2006.

Selected white papers

1) A. Dressler, D. Spergel, M. Mountain, et al., “ Exploring the NRO Opportunity for a Hubble-sized wide-field near-IR space telescope – New WFIRST” New Telescope Meeting report, Princeton NJ, 2012.

2) G. Blackwood R. Akeson, E. Bendek, et al., “ExO: The Exoplanet Observatory”

3) O. guyon, S.M. Ammons, R. Belikov, E. Bendek, et al., ”The Exoplanetary Astrometric-Coronograph Telescope”
Curriculum Vita: 
Other Information
NASA Missions: 
1) Deputy Principal Investigator for ACESat: SMEX Alpha Centauri Exoplanet Satellite 2) PI Centaur: A comprehensive direct imaging exoplanet technologies demonstrator in space 3) AFTA/WFIRST PIAA Optical modeling. 4) EXCEDE Opto-Mechanical engineer for EXCEDE Cat III tech development
Awards and Other: 
NASA Postdoctoral fellowship award, 2012.
Honorable mention for Outstanding Graduate Student Leadership, University of Arizona, 2011.
FULBRIGHT International Science and Technology PhD Scholarship, 2008.

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