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Science with the James Webb space telescope
Author(s): Jonathan P. Gardner; John C. Mather; Mark Clampin; Rene Doyon; Matthew A. Greenhouse; Heidi B. Hammel; John B. Hutchings; Peter Jakobsen; Simon J. Lilly; Knox S. Long; Jonathan I. Lunine; Mark J. McCaughrean; Matt Mountain; John Nella; George H. Rieke; Marcia J. Rieke; Hans-Walter Rix; Eric P. Smith; George Sonneborn; Massimo Stiavelli; H. S. Stockman; Rogier A. Windhorst; Gillian S. Wright
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Paper Abstract

The scientific capabilities of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) fall into four themes. The End of the Dark Ages: First Light and Reionization theme seeks to identify the first luminous sources to form and to determine the ionization history of the universe. The Assembly of Galaxies theme 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 theme 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 theme seeks to determine the physical and chemical properties of planetary systems around nearby stars and of our own, and investigate the potential for life in those systems. To enable these for science themes, JWST will be a large (6.5m) cold (50K) telescope with four instruments, capable of imaging and spectroscopy from 0.6 to 29 microns wavelength.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6265, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 62650N (6 July 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.670492
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)
Rene Doyon, Univ. de Montréal (Canada)
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 (Canada)
Peter Jakobsen, European Space Agency, ESTEC (Netherlands)
Simon J. Lilly, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
Knox S. Long, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Jonathan I. Lunine, Lunar and Planetary Lab. (United States)
Mark J. McCaughrean, Univ. of Exeter (United Kingdom)
Matt Mountain, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
John Nella, Northrop Grumman Space Technology (United States)
George H. Rieke, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Marcia J. Rieke, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Hans-Walter Rix, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Eric P. Smith, NASA (United States)
George Sonneborn, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Massimo Stiavelli, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
H. S. Stockman, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Rogier A. Windhorst, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Gillian S. Wright, United Kingdom 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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