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Jeremy Kasdin

“I want us, in the next decade, to build a space telescope that’ll be able to image an Earth about another star and figure out whether it can harbor life.”

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Kasdin is a professor at Princeton University in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Vice Dean of Engineering.  He received his BSE from Princeton University in 1985 and his MSE and Ph.D. in 1991 from Stanford University’s department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Kasdin has pioneered and expert in the use of pupil plane coronagraphs (devices that block light in telescopes) for detecting and characterizing exoplanets (planets found beyond solar system).  Princeton led the astrophysics mission concept study for THEIA, a 4-meter telescope with an external occulter (disk used to block the view of a bright object, as with the shadow of a total solar eclipse) for exoplanet characterization. Kasdin has led several technology studies for NASA analyzing both coronagraphs and external occulters.

Prof. Jeremy currently sits on the Science Definition Team for the AFTA/WFIRST mission and the Science and Technology Definition Team for a small scale exoplanet imaging mission using an external occulter.

Kasdin is also PI for CHARIS (Coronagraphic High Angular Resolution Imaging Spectrograph), another device to analyze the electromagnetic spectrum of light from exoplanets and will be installed on the Subaru telescope at Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

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  • 2014

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