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Status of the NIRSpec instrument
Author(s): Stephan M. Birkmann; Torsten Böker; Peter Jakobsen; Guido de Marchi; Marco Sirianni; Giorgio Bagnasco; Peter L. Jensen; Maurice B. J. te Plate; Peter Rumler; Jean-Christophe Salvignol; Paolo Strada; Manfred Kolm; Xavier Gnata; Karl Honnen; Jess Köhler; Robert Lemke; Marc Maschmann; Markus Melf; Jean-Francois Pittet; Pierre Ferruit; Bernhard Dorner
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Paper Abstract

The Near Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) is one of the four science instruments aboard the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) scheduled for launch in 2014. NIRSpec is sensitive in the wavelength range from ~ 0.6 to 5.0 μm and will be capable of obtaining spectra of more than a 100 objects simultaneously, as well as fixed slit high contrast spectroscopy of individual sources. It also features an integral field unit for 3D spectroscopy. The key scientific objectives of the instrument include studies of star formation and chemical abundances of young distant galaxies and tracing the creation of the chemical elements back in time. In this paper, we present the status of the NIRSpec instrument as it is currently being prepared for its extensive ground calibration campaign later in 2010.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 August 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7731, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 77310D (5 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.858000
Show Author Affiliations
Stephan M. Birkmann, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Torsten Böker, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Peter Jakobsen, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Guido de Marchi, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Marco Sirianni, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Giorgio Bagnasco, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Peter L. Jensen, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Maurice B. J. te Plate, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Peter Rumler, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Jean-Christophe Salvignol, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Paolo Strada, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Manfred Kolm, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Xavier Gnata, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Karl Honnen, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Jess Köhler, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Robert Lemke, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Marc Maschmann, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Markus Melf, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Jean-Francois Pittet, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Pierre Ferruit, Univ. de Lyon (France)
Observatoire de Lyon, Univ. Lyon 1 (France)
Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, CNRS (France)
Bernhard Dorner, Univ. de Lyon (France)
Observatoire de Lyon, Univ. Lyon 1 (France)
Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, CNRS (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7731:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Jacobus M. Oschmann; Mark C. Clampin; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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