Cal Poly Pomona

Physics Seminar

Tuesday, April 24, 2007
(Note: Special date and time)

Science with Next Generation Telescopes

Stephen Strom

Associate Director for New Initiatives
National Optical Astronomy Observatory

Astronomers throughout the world are engaged in designing next generation telescopes. Ranging in size from 25 to 50m, the sensitivity and angular resolution promised by these facilities will enable scientists to (1) image and analyze planets around other stars and to learn whether solar systems similar to our own are rare or common; (2) study individual stars in galaxies as far away as 10 million light years and to learn thereby how galaxies like the Milky Way were assembled over the lifetime of the universe; and (3) to peer back in time to the epoch when the first stars and pregalactic forms took place and to learn how structure emerged from the density fluctuations manifest in the cosmic microwave background.

Stephen Strom will provide an overview of current concepts for Extremely Large Telescopes (ELTs), their auxiliary instruments, the adaptive optics systems that will enable them to achieve near-diffraction-limited imaging, and the science enabled by their extraordinary reach.

Seminar begins at 12:00 PM.
Building 8, Room 241
For further information, please call (909) 869-4014

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