About the event
The Department of Physics and Astronomy invites all to a colloquium featuring Dr. H. Philip Stahl, Space Optics Manufacturing Technology Center; NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Dr. Stahl will present their talk, “James Webb Space Telescope: The First Light Machine”, Thursday, April 18 at 4:10 p.m. in Webster 17.
Meet for refreshments before the lecture at 3:45–4:10 p.m. in the foyer on floor G above the lecture hall.
Scheduled to begin its 10 year mission in early 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will search for the first luminous objects of the Universe to help answer fundamental questions about how the Universe came to look like it does today. At 6.5 meters in diameter, JWST will be the world’s largest space telescope. This talk reviews science objectives for JWST and how they drive the JWST architecture, e.g. aperture, wavelength range and operating temperature. Additionally, the talk provides an overview of the JWST primary mirror technology development and fabrication status.