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The MIRI Medium Resolution Spectrometer for the James Webb Space Telescope
Author(s): M. Wells; D. Lee; A. Oudenhuysen; P. Hastings; J.-W. Pel; A. Glasse
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Paper Abstract

The MIRI Medium Resolution Spectrometer (MIRI-MRS) will increase the sensitivity of astronomical spectroscopy at thermal infrared wavelengths (from 5 to 28 microns), by a factor of 1000 over the best that can be achieved by existing ground-based instruments. This leap in performance is further enhanced by the first use at these wavelengths of all reflective Integral Field Units (image slicers) to provide the spectrometer with a rectangular field of view with a shortest dimension of 3.5 arcseconds. We describe the optical design of the MRS and present predictions for its delivered image quality.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6265, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 626514 (6 July 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.669329
Show Author Affiliations
M. Wells, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
D. Lee, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
A. Oudenhuysen, ASTRON (Netherlands)
P. Hastings, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
J.-W. Pel, Groningen Univ. (Netherlands)
A. Glasse, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6265:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter
John C. Mather; Howard A. MacEwen; Mattheus W. M. de Graauw, Editor(s)

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