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Making good use of JWST's coronagraphs: tools and strategies from a user's perspective
Author(s): Julien H. Girard; William Blair; Brian Brooks; Keira Brooks; Robert Brown; Howard Bushouse; Alicia Canipe; Christine Chen; Matteo Correnti; J. Brendan Hagan; Bryan Hilbert; Dean Hines; Jarron Leisenring; Joseph Long; Bryony Nickson; Marshall D. Perrin; Klaus Pontoppidan; Laurent Pueyo; Abhijith Rajan; Adric Riedel; Remi Soummer; John Stansberry; Christopher Stark; Kyle Van Gorkom; Brian York
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Paper Abstract

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and its suite of instruments, modes and high contrast capabilities will enable imaging and characterization of faint and dusty astrophysical sources1-3 (exoplanets, proto-planetary and debris disks, dust shells, etc.) in the vicinity of hosts (stars of all sorts, active galactic nuclei, etc.) with an unprecedented combination of sensitivity and angular resolution at wavelengths beyond 2 μm. Two of its four instruments, NIRCam4, 5 and MIRI,6 feature coronagraphs7, 8 for wavelengths from 2 to 23 μm. JWST will stretch the current parameter space (contrast at a given separation) towards the infrared with respect to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and in sensitivity with respect to what is currently achievable from the ground with the best adaptive optics (AO) facilities. The Coronagraphs Working Group at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) along with the Instruments Teams and internal/external partners coordinates efforts to provide the community with the best possible preparation tools, documentation, pipelines, etc. Here we give an update on user support and operational aspects related to coronagraphy. We aim at demonstrating an end to end observing strategy and data management chain for a few science use cases involving coronagraphs. This includes the choice of instrument modes as well as the observing and point-spread function (PSF) subtraction strategies (e.g. visibility, reference stars selection tools, small grid dithers), the design of the proposal with the Exposure Time Calculator (ETC), and the Astronomer's Proposal Tool (APT), the generation of realistic simulated data at small working angles and the generation of high level, science-grade data products enabling calibration and state of the art data-processing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 August 2018
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 10698, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 106983V (17 August 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2314198
Show Author Affiliations
Julien H. Girard, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
William Blair, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Brian Brooks, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Keira Brooks, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Robert Brown, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Howard Bushouse, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Alicia Canipe, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Christine Chen, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Matteo Correnti, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
J. Brendan Hagan, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Bryan Hilbert, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Dean Hines, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Jarron Leisenring, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Joseph Long, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Bryony Nickson, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Marshall D. Perrin, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Klaus Pontoppidan, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Laurent Pueyo, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Abhijith Rajan, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Adric Riedel, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Remi Soummer, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
John Stansberry, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Christopher Stark, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Kyle Van Gorkom, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Brian York, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10698:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Makenzie Lystrup; Howard A. MacEwen; Giovanni G. Fazio; Natalie Batalha; Nicholas Siegler; Edward C. Tong, Editor(s)

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