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Webb Space Telescope Lecture


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Dr. H. Philip Stahl will present a lecture on the Webb Space Telescope in Orchestra Hall on Thursday, June 27 at 3:30 p.m.

Since its first science release in July 2022, the Webb Space Telescope has been rewriting the science book with near weekly discoveries. This presentation will provide a curated review of the last year’s Webb science press releases, ranging from first star, distant galaxies and supermassive black holes, to exoplanet formation and water detection, as well as a gallery of amazing images.

Stahl is a Senior Optical Physicist at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, maturing technologies to design, manufacture, test and control ultra-stable high-precision large-aperture space telescopes to image exoplanets.

Previously, he was responsible for developing mirror technologies for the Webb Space Telescope and overseeing the manufacture, test and certification of the Webb primary, secondary and tertiary mirrors.

Stahl is a leading authority in optical systems engineering and optical metrology with over 40 years of experience on large-aperture and segmented-mirror telescopes.

Many of the world’s largest telescopes have been made with the aid of instantaneous,
high-speed and infrared phase-measuring Interferometers developed by him, including the Webb Space Telescope, Keck Observatory, Very Large Telescope and Gemini Telescopes.

He discovered and funded the development of the 4D PhaseCAM technology. Stahl was responsible for ensuring that the Webb mirrors met their specifications, including personally solving problems related to PMSA edge testing and ACF calibration.

He is the author of the ‘Stahl’ parametric cost model for ground and space telescopes. Since joining NASA in 1999, Stahl has managed SBIR Sub-Topics and technology development contracts resulting in the creation of new companies and dozens of new jobs.

He has co-authored agency technology roadmap documents and organizes the annual Mirror Technology Days in the Government Workshop.

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Jun 27, 2024


3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Orchestra Hall
Orchestra Hall
122 West 2nd Street, Lakeside, Lakeside Marblehead, OH, USA


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