Rick Puetter

Founder and Chief Science Officer

Dr. Puetter has extensive experience in infrared instrumentation, IR observations, and computational physics, and has authored over 180 scientific papers. He has built a number of state-of-the-art instruments, including a mid-IR imaging spectrometer for the world's largest telescopes, the Keck Telescopes in Hawaii (B. Jones, Co-PI). He has made both ground-based and airborne observations of a variety of astronomical objects, and has substantial experience in the modeling of complex systems and numerical solutions to complex problems such as radiative transfer models of QSO emission line clouds and the solution of inverse problems. Dr. Puetter has performed observational work on a variety of subjects, including the interstellar medium, quasars and active galaxies, supernovae, novae, planetary nebula, and solar system objects. Most recently, Dr. Puetter has become interested in image reconstruction and minimum complexity modeling. He is a co-developer (along with Robert Pina) of the highly successful Pixon method of image reconstruction and information-theoretic modeling of images. The Pixon method of image reconstruction is currently the highest performance and one of the computationally fastest methods available. Dr. Puetter is also commercializing the Pixon method for the enhancement of military and security imagery, real-time commercial video, microscopy, and image compression and is a cofounder, President and Chief Scientist of Pixon Imaging, Inc. To date the Pixon method has been awarded 5 patents (plus one pending) for image processing.  Dr. Puetter is considered a world expert in image reconstruction methods and was asked in 2005 to review this subject area for the prestigious Annual Review of Astronomy & Astrophysics.