The first galaxies discovered by the James Webb Space Telescope




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With the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) it will, for the first time, be possible to detect the formation and evolution of the first galaxies formed after Big Bang.

Following the plan JWST will be launched in late - 2018. DTU Space has been involved in the Mid Infra Instrument (MIRI) onboard JWST. With this instrument we will be able to analyze in detail the stellar populations in these galaxies and thereby gain information about how they have been formed and how they have developed.

The project will be to simulate the performance of the  MIRI Imager e.g. sensitivity, confusion for different filters, an important part of our preparation.  

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Hans Ulrik Nørgaard-Nielsen




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Msc in Earth and Space Physics and Engineering


Hans Ulrik Nørgaard-Nielsen


MSc thesis, Special course

Technical University of Denmark

For almost two centuries DTU, Technical University of Denmark, has been dedicated to fulfilling the vision of H.C. Ørsted – the father of electromagnetism – who founded the university in 1829 to develop and create value using the natural sciences and the technical sciences to benefit society.

Today, DTU is ranked as one of the foremost technical universities in Europe, continues to set new records in the number of publications, and persistently increases and develops our partnerships with industry, and assignments accomplished by DTU’s public sector consultancy.

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