Dr. Bijan Nemati

Principal Research Scientist VI, CAO


301 Sparkman Drive
Optics Building
Room 400A
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Physicist with extensive background in the development of advanced optical instruments for the detection of astrophysical objects. Broad research and engineering experience spanning experimental high energy physics, stellar interferometry, coronagraphy, and precision metrology.


  • Ph.D. 1990 University of Washington, Seattle, WA, High Energy Physics
  • B.S. 1985 University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, Engineering Physics

Recent Publications

  • The effects of space telescope primary mirror segment errors on coronagraph instrument performance, Bijan Nemati, et al., UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments, 2017, Proc. of SPIE, Vol. 10398 (2017)

  • Sensitivity of the WFIRST coronagraph performance to key instrument parameters, B. Nemati, et al., Techniques and Inst. for Det. of Exoplanets, 2017, Proc. of SPIE, Vol. 10400 (2017)

  • The effect of radiation-induced traps on the WFIRST coronagraph detectors, B. Nemati, et al., Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016, Proc. SPIE, Vol. 9915, (2016)

  • Numerical modeling of the proposed WFIRST-AFTA coronagraphs and their predicted performances, J. Krist, B. Nemati, B. Mennesson, J. Astr. Tel. Instr. Sys., SPIE, Vol. 2, Issue 1, (2015)

  • Finding Very Small Near-Earth Asteroids using Synthetic Tracking, M. Shao, B. Nemati, et al., the Astrophysical Journal 782, 1 (2014).