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Overview of the near-infrared spectrograph (NIRSpec) instrument on-board the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)
Author(s): Giorgio Bagnasco; Manfred Kolm; Pierre Ferruit; Karl Honnen; Jess Koehler; Robert Lemke; Marc Maschmann; Markus Melf; George Noyer; Peter Rumler; Jean-Christophe Salvignol; Paolo Strada; Maurice Te Plate
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Paper Abstract

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) mission is a collaborative project between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). JWST is considered the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and although its design and science objectives are quite different, JWST is expected to yield equivalently astonishing breakthroughs in infrared space science. Due to be launched in 2013 from the French Guiana, the JWST observatory will be placed in an orbit around the anti- Sun Earth-Sun Lagrangian point, L2, by an Ariane 5 launcher, provided by ESA. The payload on board the JWST observatory consists of four main scientific instruments: a near-infrared camera (NIRCam), a combined mid-infrared camera/spectrograph (MIRI), a near-infrared tunable filter (TFI) and a nearinfrared spectrograph (NIRSpec). The instrument suite is completed by a Fine Guidance Sensor (FGS). Besides the provision of the Ariane 5 launcher, ESA, with EADS Astrium GmbH (D) as Prime Contractor, is fully responsible for the funding and the furnishing of NIRSpec and, at the same time, for approximately half of MIRI costs through special contributions from the ESA member states. NIRSpec is a multi-object, spectrograph capable of measuring the spectra of about 100 objects simultaneously at low (R=100), medium (R=1000), and high (R=2700) resolutions over the wavelength range between 0.6 micron and 5.0 micron. In this article we provide a general overview of its main design features and performances.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2007
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 6692, Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments XII, 66920M (28 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.735602
Show Author Affiliations
Giorgio Bagnasco, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Manfred Kolm, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Pierre Ferruit, Univ. de Lyon, CNRS (France)
Karl Honnen, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Jess Koehler, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Robert Lemke, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Marc Maschmann, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Markus Melf, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)
George Noyer, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Peter Rumler, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Jean-Christophe Salvignol, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Paolo Strada, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Maurice Te Plate, European Space Agency (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6692:
Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments XII
James B. Heaney; Lawrence G. Burriesci, Editor(s)

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