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Luncheon and Speaker: “Flipping Bits in The James Webb Space Telescope’s Ca...

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In 2018, an Ariane 5 rocket will blast off from Earth and begin a long, 1-million-mile journey to the second Sun-Earth Lagrange Point. Its cargo will be arguably one of the most expensive and precious instruments NASA has ever made: the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). As the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, JWST will peer deeper into the universe than ever before and unlock secrets that we haven’t even begun to imagine. In this short talk, I will give an overview of the astounding engineering challenges behind JWST and describe some of the scientific questions it will try to answer. I will also briefly describe my involvement in writing firmware to control the detectors in the main science instruments, and some of the challenges associated with that. But mostly I’ll stick to the cool stuff about the telescope since moving bytes into registers and performing logical operations doesn’t make the most captivating material for a forum.

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Lance Simms is a physicist/engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He received a B.S. in Physics from University of California: Santa Barbara in 2003 and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford in 2009. His Ph.D. work focused on the application of Hybrid CMOS imagers in astronomy. Nowadays he loves working with whatever detectors he can get his hands on (infrared, visible, X-ray, you name it), and currently works with optical payloads in small satellites.
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