Astrophysics with Webb

Example simulated MIRI deep-survey image – a portion of the ‘Hubble Ultra-Deep Field’ (HUDF), wavelength 5.6 µm, exposure time ~50 hours; the image covers ~0.75 arcmin x 0.75 arcmin, i.e. ~a quarter of the full field-of-view of the MIRI imager [courtesy Tuomo Tikkanen].Scientists in the School of Physics and Astronomy are closely involved in the working groups within the MIRI European Consortium planning for Webb “Guaranteed Time Observations”, most of which will be carried out during the first year of science operations, starting about six months after launch. Particular interests at Leicester are: high redshift deep surveys, exoplanetary systems, and SN1987A.

There is also involvement in a number of the recently submitted (November 2020) competitive proposals for Webb “General Observer” projects, in a wide range of topics.