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Physics Colloquium: "Repurposing a Spy Telescope for Studying Dark Energy and Exoplanets"

Event Type
Other
Sponsor
University of Illnois Department of Physics
Location
141 Loomis Laboratory
Date
Apr 24, 2019   4:00 pm  
Speaker
David Spergel, Princeton University & Flatiron Institute
Contact
Suzanne Hallihan
E-Mail
shalliha@illinois.edu
Phone
217-333-3761
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Originating Calendar
Physics - Colloquium

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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