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NIRCam instrument optics
Author(s): Lynn W. Huff
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Paper Abstract

The Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is one of the four science instruments installed into the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) on JWST intended to conduct scientific observations over a five year mission lifetime. NIRCam's requirements include operation at 32 to 37 K to produce high resolution images in two wave bands encompassing the range from λ = 0.6 to 5.0 microns. In addition NIRCam is used as a metrology instrument for the JWST observatory, providing critical data for alignment of the observatory's multiple-segment 6.3 meter primary mirror. JWST is scheduled for launch and deployment in 2012. This paper is an overview of the NIRCam instrument's optical hardware and performance. Detailed discussions of specific subassemblies will be presented in other papers in the same conference.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5904, Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments XI, 590404 (25 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.619909
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Lynn W. Huff, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5904:
Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments XI
James B. Heaney; Lawrence G. Burriesci, Editor(s)

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