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The Near Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) on-ground calibration campaign
Author(s): Stephan M. Birkmann; Pierre Ferruit; Torsten Böker; Guido De Marchi; Giovanna Giardino; Marco Sirianni; Martin Stuhlinger; Peter Jensen; Maurice B. J. te Plate; Peter Rumler; Bernhard Dorner; Xavier Gnata; Thomas Wettemann
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Paper Abstract

The Near Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) is one of four science instruments aboard the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) scheduled for launch in 2018. NIRSpec is sensitive in the wavelength range from ~0.6 to 5.0 micron and will be capable of obtaining spectra from more than a 100 objects simultaneously by means of a programmable micro shutter array. It will also provide an integral eld unit for 3D spectroscopy and xed slits for high contrast spectroscopy of individual sources and planet transit observations. We present results obtained during the rst cryogenic instrument testing in early 2011, demonstrating the excellent optical performance of the instrument. We also describe the planning of NIRSpecs forthcoming second calibration campaign scheduled for early 2013.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 September 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8442, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 84423E (21 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925279
Show Author Affiliations
Stephan M. Birkmann, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Pierre Ferruit, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Torsten Böker, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Guido De Marchi, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Giovanna Giardino, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Marco Sirianni, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Martin Stuhlinger, European Space Astronomy Ctr. (Spain)
Peter 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)
Bernhard Dorner, Observatoire de Lyon, Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, CNRS, Univ. de Lyon (France)
Xavier Gnata, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Thomas Wettemann, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8442:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Mark C. Clampin; Giovanni G. Fazio; Howard A. MacEwen; Jacobus M. Oschmann, Editor(s)

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