39th Int. Conf. on Infrared, Millimeter, and THz Waves
September 14-19, 2014
The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Plenary Session P1-P2
Monday, September 15, 2014 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Room: Crowder Hall Auditorium - Music School
Chairperson: Chris Walker
9:00 am 9:00 am : Some THz, And Other Thoughts About Science And Technology From The IEEE
Presenter: Peter Staecker

I will relay some thoughts about THz and other relevant items regarding IEEE and its relationship to science and technology.

Author(s):
Peter Staecker - IEEE
9:30 am 9:30 am : The James Webb Space Telescope And Beyond
Presenter: John Mather

The 6.5 meter diameter deployable James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is on track for launch in late 2018, to observe at ? = 0.6 to 28 µm with cameras, spectrometers, and coronagraphs. All instruments have been tested together at their operating temperature with a telescope simulator, all the telescope mirrors are in storage at Goddard waiting for their carbon fiber support structures, and the cryogenic vacuum test chamber at Johnson Spaceflight Center is being finalized for tests of the combined telescope and instrument package. I will report on engineering progress as well as on likely scientific investigations, ranging from the first stars, galaxies, and black holes, to current star and planet formation, and the study of planets and small bodies in our own and in other solar systems. I will conclude with thoughts about what it will take to search for life on exoplanets, using even larger telescopes or possibly starshields, that might have to be assembled in space.

Author(s):
John Mather - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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10:30 am 10:30 am : Conference Photo
Presenter: John Dediosua

Group photo will be taken outside Student Union.