Overview of James Webb Space Telescope and NIRCam's role

Marcia J Rieke, Douglas Kelly, Scott Horner

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Abstract

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the scientific successor to both the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope. It is envisioned as a facility-class mission. The instrument suite provides broad wavelength coverage and capabilities aimed at four key science themes: 1)The End of the Dark Ages: First Light and Reionization; 2) The Assembly of Galaxies; 3) The Birth of Stars and Protoplanetary Systems; and 4) Planetary Systems and the Origins of Life. NIRCam is the 0.6 to 5 micron imager for JWST, and it is also the facility wavefront sensor used to keep the primary mirror in alignment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsJ.B. Heaney, L.G. Burriesci
Pages1-8
Number of pages8
Volume5904
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventCryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments XI - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 1 2005Aug 2 2005

Other

OtherCryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments XI
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period8/1/058/2/05

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Keywords

  • James Webb Space Telescope
  • JWST
  • Near-infrared
  • NIRCam

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

Cite this

Rieke, M. J., Kelly, D., & Horner, S. (2005). Overview of James Webb Space Telescope and NIRCam's role. In J. B. Heaney, & L. G. Burriesci (Eds.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 5904, pp. 1-8). [590401] https://doi.org/10.1117/12.615554