Barry E. Burke

Barry E. Burke-Laboratory Fellow

Dr. Barry E. Burke is a Laboratory Fellow, now retired and working part-time in the Advanced Imager Technology Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. For most of his nearly 49-year career, he has worked on charge-coupled devices (CCDs), primarily imaging CCDs. These devices have been used over the entire spectral range for which silicon is an efficient photon detector, from 0.1 nm in the soft-x-ray regime to 1000 nm in the near infrared.

Among the CCDs designed by Dr. Burke are those used in the space-borne soft-X-ray astronomy missions ASCA (Advanced Satellite for Cosmology and Astrophysics), Chandra, and Suzaku. Visible-band CCDs he developed are being used in several observatories, including the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) in Hawaii. He is the co-inventor of the orthogonal-transfer CCD (OTCCD), a device which can compensate for image motion by pixel shifting and which is used in the Pan-STARRS imagers. He recently completed design work on the CCD imagers used on the Transiting Exoplant Survey Satellite (TESS) launched in April 2018.

Dr. Burke has authored or coauthored more than 100 publications and conference proceedings and is the inventor or co-inventor on 18 patents. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Dr. Burke received a BS degree in physics from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD degree in applied physics from Stanford University. His graduate work focused on microwave propagation and amplification using plasma effects in indium antimonide.