Astrophysics in the Next Decade

The James Webb Space Telescope and Concurrent Facilities

  • Harley A. Thronson
  • Massimo Stiavelli
  • Alexander Tielens
Conference proceedings

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings book series (ASSSP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Jonathan P Gardner, John C. Mather, Mark Clampin, Rene Doyon, Kathryn A. Flanagan, Marijn Franx et al.
    Pages 1-29
  3. David Jewitt, Amaya Moro-Martìn, Pedro Lacerda
    Pages 53-100
  4. Mark S. Marley, S.K. Leggett
    Pages 101-122
  5. S. Seager, D. Deming, J.A. Valenti
    Pages 123-145
  6. Jean L. Turner
    Pages 215-246
  7. A.G.G.M. Tielens
    Pages 271-308
  8. Steven R. Furlanetto
    Pages 357-384
  9. Zoltán Haiman
    Pages 385-418
  10. Jason X. Prochaska, Jason Tumlinson
    Pages 419-456

About these proceedings


NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), planned for operation in about five years, will have the capability to investigate – and answer – some of the most challenging questions in astronomy. Although motivated and designed to study the very early Universe, the performance of the observatory’s instruments over a very wide wavelength range will allow the world’s scientific community unequaled ability to study cosmic phenomena as diverse as small bodies in the Solar System and the formation of galaxies. As part of preparation to use JWST, a conference was held in Tucson, Arizona in 2007 that brought together astronomers from around the world to discuss the mission, other major facilities that will operate in the coming decade, and major scientific goals for them. This book is a compilation of those presentations by some of the leading researchers from all branches of astronomy. This book also includes a "pre-history" of JWST, describing the lengthy process and some of the key individuals that initiated early work on the concepts that would evolve to become the premier space observatory of the next decade.


Accretion Exoplanet discovery Galaxy Evolution Hubble successor JWST James Webb Space Telescope Redshift Reionization Star formation astrophysics instruments

Editors and affiliations

  • Harley A. Thronson
    • 1
  • Massimo Stiavelli
    • 2
  • Alexander Tielens
    • 3
  1. 1.NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)GreenbeltUSA
  2. 2.Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)BaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.NASA Ames Research CenterMoffett FieldUSA

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