Overview of James Webb Space Telescope and NIRCam's role

Marcia J. Rieke, Douglas Kelly, Scott Horner

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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)
Article number590401
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
EventCryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments XI - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 1 2005Aug 2 2005


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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