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Preparing the NIRSpec/JWST science data calibration: from ground testing to sky
Author(s): Catarina Alves de Oliveira; Stephan M. Birkmann; Torsten Böker; Pierre Ferruit; Giovanna Giardino; Nora Lützgendorf; Elena Puga; Tim Rawle; Marco Sirianni; Maurice te Plate
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Paper Abstract

The Near-Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) is one of four instruments aboard the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). NIRSpec is developed by ESA with AIRBUS Defence & Space as prime contractor. The calibration of its various observing modes is a fundamental step to achieve the mission science goals and provide users with the best quality data from early on in the mission. Extensive testing of NIRSpec on the ground, aided by a detailed model of the instrument, allow us to derive initial corrections for the foreseeable calibrations. We present a snapshot of the current calibration scheme that will be revisited once JWST is in orbit.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2018
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 10704, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII, 107040Q (10 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2313839
Show Author Affiliations
Catarina Alves de Oliveira, European Space Agency (United States)
Stephan M. Birkmann, European Space Agency (United States)
Torsten Böker, European Space Agency (United States)
Pierre Ferruit, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Giovanna Giardino, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Nora Lützgendorf, European Space Agency (United States)
Elena Puga, European Space Agency (United States)
Tim Rawle, European Space Agency (United States)
Marco Sirianni, European Space Agency (United States)
Maurice te Plate, European Space Agency (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10704:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Chris R. Benn, Editor(s)

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