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Optical design of the near-infrared spectrograph NIRSpec
Author(s): Jess Köhler; Markus Melf; Winfried Posselt; Wolfgang Holota; Maurice te Plate
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Paper Abstract

The near-infrared spectrograph (NIRSpec) is part of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) science mission: NIRSpec is a spectrograph that works in the near infrared spectral region (0.6micron - 5.0micron) and allows the observation of spectral features of the incident star light with different spectral resolution (R=100, R=1000, R=3000). It is designed for spectroscopy of more than 100 objects simultaneously. The optical design of the NIRSpec instrument is characterized by a straight optical system layout: It constitutes of a set of optical modules of similar optical design type with high performance and low module tolerances. The NIRSpec instrument development is a cooperation of the European Space Agency and EADS Astrium Germany GmbH as prime contractor for instrument development, design, and manufacturing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 October 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5962, Optical Design and Engineering II, 59621V (14 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.625197
Show Author Affiliations
Jess Köhler, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Markus Melf, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Winfried Posselt, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Wolfgang Holota, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Maurice te Plate, European Space Agency (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5962:
Optical Design and Engineering II
Laurent Mazuray; Rolf Wartmann, Editor(s)

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