Detection and Characterization of Exoplanets with the James Webb Space Telescope


Dr. René Doyon

Université de Montréal/iREx



The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a 6.5m space telescope operating at infrared wavelengths to be launched 1.5 million kilometers from Earth late 2018. NASA is leading the development of this giant and complex observatory in collaboration with the European and Canadian space agencies. Arguably one the most complex machines currently under construction by humanity, JWST will provide an unprecedented view of the early universe and open new chapters on atmospheric characterization of exoplanets. In this presentation, I will describe the current status of development of JWST and gives an overview of its instrumental capabilities with a focus on the various modes that will be used for studying exoplanets.

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