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The science requirements of the James Webb Space Telescope
Author(s): Jonathan P. Gardner; John C. Mather; Mark Clampin; Matthew A. Greenhouse; Heidi B. Hammel; John B. Hutchings; Peter Jakobsen; Simon J. Lilly; Jonathan I. Lunine; Mark J. McCaughrean; Matt Mountain; George H. Rieke; Marcia J. Rieke; Eric P. Smith; Massimo Stiavelli; Hervey S. Stockman; Rogier A. Windhorst; Gillian S. Wright
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Paper Abstract

The scientific requirements of the James Webb Space Telescope fall into four themes. The End of the Dark Ages: First Light and Reionization seeks to identify the first luminous sources to form and to determine the ionization history of the Universe. The Assembly of Galaxies seeks to determine how galaxies and the dark matter, gas, stars, metals, morphological structures, and active nuclei within them evolved from the epoch of reionization to the present. The Birth of Stars and Protoplanetary Systems seeks to unravel the birth and early evolution of stars, from infall onto dust-enshrouded protostars, to the genesis of planetary systems. Planetary Systems and the Origins of Life seeks to determine the physical and chemical properties of planetary systems including our own, and investigate the potential for life in those systems. These themes will guide the design and construction of the observatory.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5487, Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes, (12 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550657
Show Author Affiliations
Jonathan P. Gardner, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
John C. Mather, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Mark Clampin, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Matthew A. Greenhouse, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Heidi B. Hammel, Space Science Institute (United States)
John B. Hutchings, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, NRCC (Canada)
Peter Jakobsen, European Space and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Simon J. Lilly, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Switzerland)
Jonathan I. Lunine, Lunar and Planetary Lab./Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Mark J. McCaughrean, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (Germany)
Matt Mountain, Gemini Observatory (United States)
George H. Rieke, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Marcia J. Rieke, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Eric P. Smith, NASA Headquarters (United States)
Massimo Stiavelli, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Hervey S. Stockman, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Rogier A. Windhorst, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Gillian S. Wright, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5487:
Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes
John C. Mather, Editor(s)

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