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SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012 Event to be Held in July

Mark Casali of European Southern Observatory and Kathryn Flanagan of Space Telescope Science Institute will chair the SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012, a symposium of technologies that will feature over 2,200 presentations by experts from over 80 companies. This biannual event is scheduled from 1to 6 July at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Center.

The astronomical instrumentation community will gather in Amsterdam in July for a biannual meeting to hear updates and share insights on projects large and small

According to Casali, this event focuses on innovative telescope design and development of technology that enabled telescopes to break the 8-m barrier. Impending major projects such as Hess telescopes, James Webb Space Telescope, Kepler exoplanet survey will be included in the presentations.

Conference topics are optical and infrared interferometry, observatory operations, solar telescope design, photometric and other data processing, and simulation, modeling and mirror coatings in addition to data storage, project management, and testing.

A featured talk by ESO’s Jason Spyromilio at the all-conference dinner will represent the advances in the ESO’s E-ELT European Extremely Large Telescope. Constructed on top of Cerro Armazones, the E-ELT will be the largest optical or near-infrared telescope generating 13x more light than related devices.

Some of the topics of plenary talks include The Kepler Exoplanet Survey: Instruments, Performance, and Results, by Thomas Gautier of NASA Jet Propulsion Lab; Didier Queloz of Geneva University will present about Exoplanets: Unraveling a New Paradigm; followed by ALMA construction and early science by Thijs de Graauw of Joint ALMA Observatory; and James Webb Space Telescope: Science Update and Status, by Heidi Hammel of AURA.

Professional development courses will be conducted by global experts in topics including spectrograph design, adaptive optics, systems engineering, instrument materials, and associated topics at intermediate and introductory levels.

In addition, at the SPIE Women in Optics presentation and reception, Sarah Kendrew of Max Planck Institute for Astronomy will discuss ‘The Changing Faces of Astronomy’. The free-admission exhibition will take place from 2 to 4 July.

Source: http://spie.org/

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