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Expect a ‘Fantastic Showcase of Ideas’ At SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation

  •     Exoplanets: Unraveling a New Paradigm, by Didier Queloz, Geneva University
  •     James Webb Space Telescope: Science Update and Status, by Heidi Hammel, AURA, Inc.
  •     The Kepler Exoplanet Survey: Instruments, Performance, and Results, by Thomas Gautier, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab
  •     Antarctic Astronomy, W. V. Storey, University of New South Wales
  •     Very High Energy Gamma Ray Astronomy with the HESS Telescope, Werner Hofmann, Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik
  •     The Cosmic Microwave Background: Observing Directly the Early Universe, Paolo De Bernardis, Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
  •     ALMA construction and early science, Thijs de Graauw, Joint ALMA Observatory.

Professional development courses taught by experts from around the world will cover adaptive optics, systems engineering, spectrograph design, instrument materials, and related topics at introductory and intermediate levels.

Sarah Kendrew (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy) will discuss “The Changing Face(s) of Astronomy” at the SPIE Women in Optics presentation and reception. Kendrew will explore how the growing culture of openness and the networked nature of science are driving collaboration throughout and beyond the research community, contributing to a new answer to the question “Who is an astronomer?”

The free-admission exhibition will run 2-4 July, and include key industry suppliers of devices and components for large ground-based telescopes, ground instruments, astronomy information technologies, space telescopes and instruments, detectors, and specialized optics materials and systems.

Conference proceedings will be published individually in the SPIE Digital Library as soon as approved after the meeting, and also in collected print and digital volumes and collections.

About SPIE:

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 225,000 constituents from approximately 150 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional growth, and patent pre

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