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UV Science and Instrumentation Workshop

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On the Way to the NASA Habitable Worlds Observatory and Beyond

Dates: May 7-9*, 2024

*Optional Tour of JPL on May 10.

In-Person Location: von Karman Auditorium, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

Virtually: Microsoft Teams

A PDF version of the workshop flyer can be found HERE.

UV instruments will be part of the instrument suite of HWO. In addition, there will be opportunities to develop instruments for other astrophysics missions, even before HWO. Within that context, the goals of this workshop are:

  • Discuss potentially driving science cases for UV instruments, including cross disciplinary applications, with experts in the field.
  • Provide an opportunity for the broad discussion of potential instrument architectures.
  • Develop a common understanding of the technological bottlenecks and potential solutions.

The workshop will generate and publish a peer-reviewed final report.

Breakout sessions:

Breakout sessions will focus on specific instrument architectures (IFU, MOS, etc.), to discuss differentiating factors, strengths, and weaknesses in relationship to specific science applications, and might identify technology gaps.

Science Organizing Committee

  • Shouleh Nikzad, Convener, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Anahita Alavi, California Institute of Technology/IPAC
  • Rachael Beaton, Space Telescope Science Institute
  • Brad Cenko, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Kevin France, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • Erika Hamden, University of Arizona
  • Lynne Hillenbrand, California Institute of Technology
  • Bethan James, Space Telescope Science Institute
  • Evgenya Shkolnik, Arizona State University
  • Allison Youngblood, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Local Organizing Committee

  • David Ardila, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Chas Beichman, NExScI
  • Bertrand Mennesson, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Leonidas Moustakas, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Full agenda coming soon.

Deadline to register was Sunday, March 31, 2024. Registration is now closed. Contact with any questions.

This workshop is in part supported by the Cosmic Origins and the Exoplanet Exploration Program Offices.