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NIRCam optical calibration sources
Author(s): Stephen F. Somerstein; Glen D. Truong
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Paper Abstract

The Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) instrument for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is one of the four science instruments installed into the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) on JWST intended to conduct scientific observations over a five-year mission lifetime. NIRCam's requirements include operation at 37 kelvins to produce high resolution images in two wave bands encompassing the range from 0.6 microns to 5 microns. In addition NIRCam is used as a metrology instrument during the JWST observatory commissioning on orbit, during the initial and subsequent precision alignments of the observatory's multiple-segment 6.3 meter primary mirror. JWST is scheduled for launch and deployment in 2012. This paper is an overview of the NIRCam instrument's Optical Calibration Sources (Flat Field and Point Source). It will discuss the source requirements and will explain the optical and electronic technology developed to fulfill their mission requirements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5904, Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments XI, 590407 (25 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.615291
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Stephen F. Somerstein, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Ctr. (United States)
Glen D. Truong, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5904:
Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments XI
James B. Heaney; Lawrence G. Burriesci, Editor(s)

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