Virtual Department Colloquium: Tues, May 4, 2021 - Mid-Infrared Astronomy with the James Webb Space Telescope: Design, performance and science highlights of the MIRI instrument

Event Date: 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 4:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Zoom Only
  • Physics Department Colloquium
Mid-Infrared Astronomy with the James Webb Space Telescope: Design, performance and science highlights of the MIRI instrument
 
Dr. Sarah Kendrew
JWST-MIRI Instrument & Calibration Scientist
European Space Agency, Baltimore


Building on the groundbreaking successes of the Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope will open new windows on the Universe at infrared wavelengths. I will present the latest status of the mission, and the roadmap for the final straight towards launch, commissioning and operations. I’ll focus in particular on the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI), which will bring unprecedented spatial resolution and sensitivity at mid-IR wavelengths - a challenging region to access from the ground. MIRI will bring a huge improvement in spatial resolution and sensitivity compared with past and contemporary mid-IR facilities, and will enable groundbreaking new science in a broad range of research areas. I will describe the instrument, its different observing modes and some highlights of the science programmes planned for cycle 1. 
 
Meeting ID: 842 1723 4934 Passcode: 153690
Dr. Sarah Kendrew