Tiltrædelsesforelæsning af adjungeret professor i Space Science Peter Jakobsen – Niels Bohr Institute - University of Copenhagen

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Tiltrædelsesforelæsning af adjungeret professor i Space Science Peter Jakobsen

Abstract: The Hubble Space Telescope, launched in 1990, and its successor the James Webb Space Telescope due to be launched in 2015, are among the most ambitious and expensive scientific space projects ever undertaken. Both missions have significant levels of European participation.

In this talk I will attempt to outline the astrophysical motivation for placing such large astronomical telescopes in space, and provide a physicist's view of some of the associated technical challenges. Some key results obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope, and how these have influenced the capabilities of its successor, will also be described.

About the speaker: Dr. Peter Jakobsen is the European Space Agency's (ESA's) Project Scientist for James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and its instrument NIRSPEC.
He is affiliated to ESA's ESTEC division in Nordwijk, the Netherlands.

In addition to his administrative and technical experience at ESA, he is also an outstanding, senior scientist who has made very significant contributions on areas as diverse as the discovery of the epoch of He re-ionisation, the cosmic UV background, and studies of SN1987A