HMC Physics Colloquium

Tuesdays at 16:30 in Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning, Room B460

Kevin Hainline (’06)

University of Arizona

The Farthest Galaxies: Undering the Early Universe with JWST/JADES

Feb. 7, 2023

Following the successful launch in December of 2021 of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the global astronomical community has celebrated the exciting early results from the observatory. We’ve seen amazing nearby views of dust-enshrouded star formation all the way to distant galaxies in a young universe. In this talk, Dr. Kevin Hainline (HMC ’06), a member of the science team for the primary camera on board JWST, NIRCam, will discuss his role in testing and commissioning this unique astronomical observatory. He’ll also share some of the early science being done using the JWST Advanced Deep Extragalactic Survey (JADES), a legacy dataset that gives us a view back in time to the earliest galaxies known. He’ll talk about the discovery of four of the farthest galaxies humans have discovered and confirmed dating back thirteen and a half billion years. JADES provides a unique window on the formation and evolution of galaxies never seen with existing telescopes.