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26 March 2024

UV Science and Instrumentation Workshop (Registration Closes March 31st) | May 7th – 9th, Pasadena CA

On the Way to the NASA Habitable Worlds Observatory and Beyond

UV Science and Instrumentation Workshop

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

We are pleased to announce a workshop on ultraviolet astrophysics and instrumentation to be held May 7th – 9th (with optional JPL tour on May 10th) in the von Karman auditorium at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA. This workshop fosters greater collaboration in the astrophysics community in preparation for the Habitable Worlds Observatory and other mission opportunities.

**Registration has been extended to March 31**

See here: PDF version of the workshop flyer

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
  • Brad Cenko, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Kevin France, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • Erika Hamden, University of Arizona
  • 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.

Follow the link to register for the workshop)
Deadline to register is Sunday, March 31, 2024.

This workshop is in part supported by the Cosmic Origins Program Office.

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