National Capital Section
of the Optical Society of America
Seventh 2012-2013 meeting of the
National Capital Section of the Optical Society of America
ANNUAL SCIENCE FAIR AND POSTER COMPETITION AWARDS
DINNER sponsored by the National Capital Section of the Optical Society of America and the
DC-Northern Virginia Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society
This meeting will be held at the NASA Goddard Recreation Center
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
The winning optics-optoelectronics related pre-college science fair exhibits and the winning grad student posters from the April 10 competition will be displayed before the meeting and we will all have a chance to talk with the students--always an interesting event.
RESERVATIONS WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL by 12 Noon, Friday May 17th (with your Dinner Choice)
Please see the end of this message for contact information on making reservations.
After Dinner Talk -
"INSTRUMENTATION FOR GROUND BASED INFRARED ASTRONOMY"
Dr. Daniel Jaffe
University of Texas, Austin
Despite the significant advantages of space-based platforms for many applications in astronomical imaging and spectroscopy, ground-based telescopes will continue to play a major and complementary role in the path-breaking science of the coming decade. The ability to supplement and, in some areas, surpass the performance of space missions derives from a number of sources: large apertures combined with adaptive optics, large instruments with strong multiplex advantages and specialized hardware focused on particular objects. I will discuss some of the spectroscopic instrumentation now going on-line on the current generation of 8m-class telescopes and planned for future 20-30m ground-based telescopes.
ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:
Dan Jaffe is a Professor and currently serves as Chair of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his PhD from Harvard University and was an Enrico Fermi Fellow at the University of Chicago and an Assistant Research Physicist at UC Berkeley before he arrived at Texas in 1986. His current research includes device development, instrumentation, and astronomical observations. Dr. Jaffe's group produces silicon immersion gratings and grisms using microlithographic techniques. This work has produced grisms for the FORCAST IR camera on SOFIA and for NIRCam on JWST, as well as an immersion grating for the IGRINS spectrograph. His current instrumentation includes IGRINS, an R=40,000 spectrograph for the near-infrared (first light in early 2014) and GMTNIRS, a high resolution near-IR spectrograph for the Giant Magellan telescope (in design). His astronomical research centers around studies of young stars and protoplanetary disks using high-resolution spectroscopy.
Lecture and Dinner at the NASA Goddard Recreation Area, Good Luck Road Road, Greenbelt, MD
>>>> MEETING SCHEDULE Tuesday 21 May 2013 <<<<<
5:30 PM (& NOT before):
The Secured gate to the Recreation Center will open for pre-college students to set up their Science Fair Projects and grad students to set up their poster projects
6:00 PM: Social Hour and viewing of this years winning Optics Projects from the Washington Area Regional Science Fairs and the April 10 grad student poster competition
7:00 PM: DINNER
Dinner will include chips and pretzels and an open bar with beer, wine and soft drinks during the social hour;
Choice of (Please specify when making reservations): Beef prime rib, with scalloped potatoes and roasted veggies; or vegetarian lasagna
Both choices include green salad, rolls, assorted desserts and coffee.
The dinner cost will be - $20.00 for Adults and $10.00 for Students (including College & Grad Students)
8:00 PM: LECTURE
"INSTRUMENTATION FOR GROUND BASED INFRARED ASTRONOMY"
Dr. Daniel Jaffe, University of Texas, Austin
DIRECTIONS to Goddard SFC Recreation Area (on Good Luck Road)
Directions:: From the Capital Beltway (I-95/I-495) exit onto the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, North, towards Baltimore.
Almost immediately, exit onto Greenbelt Road (Rt. 193) East, following signs towards NASA Goddard Space Flight Center [you will turn
left from the exit ramp onto Greenbelt Road].
If you are approaching from the Outer Loop of the Beltway, on the exit road to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway there is a slip road that leads directly on to Greenbelt Road eastbound, so, in this case, you would not turn "left" on to Greenbelt Road
Traveling East on Greenbelt Rd, continue past the Goddard main entrance (on the left),
Pass one more traffic light, and turn left at the next light onto Good Luck Road.
Look for a gate on the left, within less than ¼ mile.
There will be a guard at the gate to admit visitors after 5:30 PM.
>>>>>>> SPECIAL NOTICE <<<<<<<<
Reservations are required with your dinner choice. Goddard security requires advance notice of the names of those who will be admitted at the Good Luck Rd. Gate after 5:30PM. Also the caterer needs to know how much food to order. Please make your reservation no later than 12 Noon Friday May 17th.
For reservations with your dinner selection [Beef Prime Rib or Vegetarian Lasagna]
Jim Heaney (301)286-9133 James.B.Heaney@nasa.gov
John Burris (301)614-6031 John.F.Burris@nasa.gov
By 12:00 Noon Friday 17 May.
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