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Science opportunities with the near-IR camera (NIRCam) on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)
Author(s): Charles A. Beichman; Marcia Rieke; Daniel Eisenstein; Thomas P. Greene; John Krist; Don McCarthy; Michael Meyer; John Stansberry
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Paper Abstract

The Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) offers revolutionary gains in sensitivity throughout the 1-5 μm region. NIRCam will enable great advances in all areas of astrophysics, from the composition of objects in our own Kuiper Belt and the physical properties of planets orbiting nearby stars to the formation of stars and the detection of the youngest galaxies in the Universe. NIRCam also plays an important role in initial alignment of JWST and the long term maintenance of its image quality. NIRCam is presently undergoing instrument Integration and Test in preparation for delivery to the JWST project. Key near-term milestones include the completion of cryogenic testing of the entire instrument; demonstration of scientific and wavefront sensing performance requirements; testing of replacement H2RG detectors arrays; and an analysis of coronagraphic performance in light of measured telescope wavefront characteristics. This paper summarizes the performance of NIRCam, the scientific and education/outreach goals of the science team, and some results of the on-going testing program.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 September 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8442, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 84422N (21 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925447
Show Author Affiliations
Charles A. Beichman, NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, IPAC (United States)
Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Marcia Rieke, Steward Observatory, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Daniel Eisenstein, Harvard Univ. (United States)
Thomas P. Greene, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
John Krist, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Don McCarthy, Steward Observatory, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Michael Meyer, Institute for Astronomy, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
John Stansberry, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


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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