Colloquium on 14 March 2017
Preparing for Science with the James Webb Space Telescope – Prof Tom Ray (Dublin)


Title: Preparing for Science with the James Webb Space Telescope – Prof Tom Ray (Dublin)
Speaker: Prof Tom Ray
Date: Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Venue: SAAO Auditorium


The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is due for launch next year. With much more light gathering power than Hubble, and the ability to operate well into the infrared, it will explore such topics as the re-ionization of the Universe, the formation of galaxies at high redshifts, the birth of stars and planets, and exoplanet atmospheres. After giving an overview of JWST’s main instruments, and the type of science they are capable of, I will concentrate in particular on what they can tell us about the first million years in the lifetime of a star and the early stages of planet formation.

Tom Ray is Professor of Astrophysics at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. He began his career in Radio Astronomy at Jodrell Bank
before working at the University of Sussex and the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg. His main area of interest is star formation and,
in particular, the supersonic jets that stars like our sun produce when less than a million years old.  Tom is also Co-Principal Investigator of the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) on the James Webb Space Telescope and has just started a Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detector group in Ireland. His other interests include ancient astronomical sites and historical astronomy. In his spare time he likes sailing and the occasional Guinness, as most Irishmen do!

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