April 30, 2018 / Modified apr 30, 2018 10:30 a.m.

Episode 128: The History of Infrared

The design and development of the Multiband Imaging Photometer for Spitzer instrument on NASA’s infrared Spitzer Space Telescope

AZSCI 128 Infrared Looking like a spider's web swirled into a spiral, the galaxy IC 342 presents its delicate pattern of dust in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Seen in infrared light, the faint starlight gives way to the glowing bright patterns of dust found throughout the galaxy's disk.

George Rieke is a noted American infrared astronomer and former Deputy Director of the Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona. George led the experiment design and development team for the Multiband Imaging Photometer for Spitzer instrument on NASA’s infrared Spitzer Space Telescope. Dr. Rieke helped develop the first infrared optimized telescope and constructed a series of state of the art focal plane instruments. And he is the lead scientist on a team to produce a mid-infrared instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.

In this episode:

George Rieke, Regents’ Professor of Astronomy
Tim Swindle, Ph.D., Director and Head of the UA’s Lunar and Planetary Lab

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