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NGST NIRCam scientific program and design concept
Author(s): Marcia J. Rieke; Stefi Alison Baum; Charles A. Beichman; David Crampton; Rene Doyon; Daniel Eisenstein; Thomas P. Greene; Klaus-Werner Hodapp; Scott D. Horner; Doug Johnstone; Lawrence Lesyna; Simon Lilly; Michael Meyer; Peter Martin; Donald W. McCarthy; George H. Rieke; Thomas L. Roellig; John Stauffer; John T. Trauger; Erick T. Young
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Paper Abstract

The science program for the Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST) relies heavily on a high performance nearinfrared imager. A design which supports the observations outlined in the Design Reference Mission (DRM) and which also supports enhanced searches for "first light" objects and planets has been developed. Key features of the design include use of refractive optics to minimize the volume and mass required, tunable filters for spectroscopic imaging, and redundant imagers for fail-safe wavefront sensing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4850, IR Space Telescopes and Instruments, (5 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.489103
Show Author Affiliations
Marcia J. Rieke, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Stefi Alison Baum, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Charles A. Beichman, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
David Crampton, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics/NRC (Canada)
Rene Doyon, Univ. de Montreal (Canada)
Daniel Eisenstein, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Thomas P. Greene, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Klaus-Werner Hodapp, Institute for Astronomy/Univ. of Hawaii (United States)
Scott D. Horner, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Ctr. (United States)
Doug Johnstone, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics/NRC (Canada)
Lawrence Lesyna, LXL Technologies (United States)
Simon Lilly, ETH Hoenggerberg (Switzerland)
Michael Meyer, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Peter Martin, Univ. of Toronto (United States)
Donald W. McCarthy, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
George H. Rieke, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Thomas L. Roellig, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
John Stauffer, California Institute of Technology (United States)
John T. Trauger, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Erick T. Young, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4850:
IR Space Telescopes and Instruments
John C. Mather, Editor(s)

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