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Planning JWST NIRSpec MSA spectroscopy using NIRCam pre-images
Author(s): Tracy L. Beck; Leonardo Ubeda; Susan A. Kassin; Karoline Gilbert; Diane M. Karakla; I. N. Reid; William P. Blair; Charles D. Keyes; D. R. Soderblom; Maria A. Peña-Guerrero
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Paper Abstract

The Near-Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) is the work-horse spectrograph at 1-5microns for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). A showcase observing mode of NIRSpec is the multi-object spectroscopy with the Micro-Shutter Arrays (MSAs), which consist of a quarter million tiny configurable shutters that are 0. ′′20×0. ′′46 in size. The NIRSpec MSA shutters can be opened in adjacent rows to create flexible and positionable spectroscopy slits on prime science targets of interest. Because of the very small shutter width, the NIRSpec MSA spectral data quality will benefit significantly from accurate astrometric knowledge of the positions of planned science sources. Images acquired with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) have the optimal relative astrometric accuracy for planning NIRSpec observations of 5-10 milli-arcseconds (mas). However, some science fields of interest might have no HST images, galactic fields can have moderate proper motions at the 5mas level or greater, and extragalactic images with HST may have inadequate source information at NIRSpec wavelengths beyond 2 microns. Thus, optimal NIRSpec spectroscopy planning may require pre-imaging observations with the Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) on JWST to accurately establish source positions for alignment with the NIRSpec MSAs. We describe operational philosophies and programmatic considerations for acquiring JWST NIRCam pre-image observations for NIRSpec MSA spectroscopic planning within the same JWST observing Cycle.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2016
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 99101O (15 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232804
Show Author Affiliations
Tracy L. Beck, The Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Leonardo Ubeda, The Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Susan A. Kassin, The Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Karoline Gilbert, The Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Diane M. Karakla, The Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
I. N. Reid, The Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
William P. Blair, The Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Charles D. Keyes, The Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
D. R. Soderblom, The Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Maria A. Peña-Guerrero, The Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9910:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Chris R. Benn, Editor(s)

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