Repurposing a Spy Telescope for Studying Dark Energy and Exoplanets

Speaker: 
David Spergel (Princeton/CCA)
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2017-10-12 16:00 - 17:00
Location: 
Hennings 201
Intended Audience: 
Undergraduate

In 2025, NASA (hopefully with CSA as a partner) plans to launch WFIRST, the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope.  WFIRST is a 2.4-meter telescope with more than a 100 times the field of view of the Hubble Space Telescope.  WFIRST will fly with a wide field camera and a coronagraph.   The wide field camera is poised to make significant contributions to our understanding of dark energy and to carry out a diverse program of astrophysics.  The coronagraph should be able to obtain contrast ratios 1000x better than those previously achieved from space and characterize atmospheres of exoplanets.

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