A spitzer warm mission ultra-wide survey as a target finder for the james webb space telescope

Jonathan P. Gardner, Xiaohui Fan, Gillian Wilson, Massimo Stiavelli

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Abstract

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the successor to the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes. It has a broad scientific mission which includes spectroscopic studies of the epoch of reionization through observations of z>8 quasars. The Spitzer warm mission provides a unique opportunity to conduct an infrared survey of several hundred square degrees to a depth of several micro-Janskys, capable of finding quasars out to z=10. Deep JWST continuum spectroscopy of these quasars will establish the epoch and history of the Universe through detection of the Gunn-Peterson trough and/or Lyman-α damping wings. The statistics and luminosity function of high-z quasars will reveal the early history of accretion in the most extreme systems, providing insights in the role of black holes in galaxy evolution. Data obtained from an ultra-wide warm Spitzer survey will also be useful for other science, including studies of high-redshift galaxy clusters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIP Conference Proceedings
Pages229-241
Number of pages13
Volume943
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventThe Science Opportunities of the Warm Spitzer Mission Workshop - Pasadena, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 4 2007Jun 5 2007

Other

OtherThe Science Opportunities of the Warm Spitzer Mission Workshop
CountryUnited States
CityPasadena, CA
Period6/4/076/5/07

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Keywords

  • Extragalactic objects
  • Infrared astronomical observations
  • Origin and formation of the universe
  • Spitzer space telescope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Gardner, J. P., Fan, X., Wilson, G., & Stiavelli, M. (2007). A spitzer warm mission ultra-wide survey as a target finder for the james webb space telescope. In AIP Conference Proceedings (Vol. 943, pp. 229-241) https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2806782