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Bijan Nemati on Another Big Space Telescope, and The Privileged Planet

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1695
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Eric H. Anderson
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Bijan Nemati
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00:29:26
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On this ID the Future, astrophysicist Bijan Nemati delves further into why intelligent design matters to him and into the exciting work he’s doing for NASA’s Nancy Grace Roman space telescope, slated for deployment in three or four years. That telescope and his contribution to it, as it so happens, tie directly into the popular science documentary he participated in, The Privileged Planet. Nemati describes how the instrument his company is building for the telescope is designed to aid in the search for earth-like planets beyond our solar system and why the list of criteria for planetary habitability is longer than many people suppose.

Bijan Nemati

Chief Scientist and Founder, Tellus1 Scientific
Bijan Nemati received his Ph.D. in high energy physics from the University of Washington, based on his research on heavy quark decays at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. After post-doctoral work at the Cornell synchrotron, he left particle physics to work on advanced astronomical instruments at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Nemati’s work on the NASA flagship Space Interferometry Mission (SIM) proved that the instrument could self-calibrate at the levels needed to detect exo-Earths. For the last decade he has helped build the Coronagraph Instrument (CGI) on NASA's Roman Space Telescope. More recently, he has started a small company specializing in modeling and system engineering of advanced telescopes, both on the ground and in space.