Thursday, February 23, 2012, 3pm
Innovation 223

Rachel Dudik
U.S. Naval Observatory

Joint Milli-Arcsecend Pathfinder Survey (JMAPS):  Overview of scientific and technological capabilities

The Joint Milli-Arcsecond Pathfinder Survey (JMAPS) mission is a space-based all-sky astrometric bright star survey.  JMAPS is designed to produce an all-sky astrometric, photometric and spectroscopic catalog covering the magnitude range of 1—12, with extended results through 15th magnitude at an accuracy of 1 milliarcsecond (mas) positional accuracy at a mean observing epoch of approximately 2015.  The JMAPS program has developed state-of-the-art technologies to support the fundamental cataloging requirements.  In addition to describing some exciting scientific capabilities of the JMAPS instrument, this presentation will discuss an example of the technological research resulting from  four generations of CMOS Hybrid detectors--fabricated and developed for the purposes of the JMAPS mission and now being tested for multiple NASA missions.