David A. Sheikh
CEO at ZeCoat Corp
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Area of Expertise:
Large area coatings , Silicon cladding , Mirror coatings , Optical coating design , Vacuum coatings , Thermal control coatings
Profile Summary

David A. Sheikh is the founder and CEO of ZeCoat Corporation. While at ZeCoat Corporation, David has developed a new UV-enhanced protected silver coating for ground and space-based astronomy mirrors and instrumentation. He is currently working on new broadband coatings for FUV astronomy and silicon cladding for lightweight mirrors. In 2014, he developed the thermal control coating applied to the seismometer cover for the NASA InSight mission to Mars.

Prior to ZeCoat Corporation, David A. Sheikh, was a Chief Technologist at Surface Optics Corporation (SOC). During his 11 years at SOC, he developed the silver coating for the Kepler Space Telescope, the solar rejection filter for the NuStar Space Telescope and the silver coating for the ISIS high-altitude airship.
Publications (10)

Proceedings Article | 12 September 2019 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 11116, Astronomical Optics: Design, Manufacture, and Test of Space and Ground Systems II
KEYWORDS: Mirrors, Magnesium fluoride, Ultraviolet radiation, Optical coatings, Reflectivity, Laser induced fluorescence, Aluminum, Deposition processes, Far ultraviolet, Temperature metrology

Proceedings Article | 9 September 2019 Presentation + Paper
Proc. SPIE. 11116, Astronomical Optics: Design, Manufacture, and Test of Space and Ground Systems II
KEYWORDS: Mathematical modeling, Mirrors, Error analysis, Reflectivity, Computer simulations, Monte Carlo methods, Mathematics, Aluminum, Optimization (mathematics), Thin film coatings

Proceedings Article | 5 September 2017 Presentation + Paper
Proc. SPIE. 10398, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VIII
KEYWORDS: Telescopes, Spectrographs, Cameras, Ultraviolet radiation, Imaging spectroscopy, Space telescopes, UV-Vis spectroscopy, Astronomical imaging, Optical instrument design, Ultraviolet telescopes

Proceedings Article | 29 July 2016 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
KEYWORDS: Telescopes, Mirrors, Lithium, Coating, Reflectivity, Space telescopes, Space mirrors, Aluminum, Deposition processes, Space operations

Proceedings Article | 22 July 2016 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 9912, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation II
KEYWORDS: Mirrors, Mirrors, Astronomy, Patents, Silica, Silver, Coating, Coating, Reflectivity, Space telescopes, Humidity, Optical instrument design

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