Science opportunities with the Near-IR Camera (NIRCam) on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

Charles A. Beichman, Marcia J Rieke, Daniel Eisenstein, Thomas P. Greene, John Krist, Donald W Mccarthy, Michael Meyer, John Stansberry

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Abstract

The Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) offers revolutionary gains in sensitivity throughout the 1-5 μm region. NIRCam will enable great advances in all areas of astrophysics, from the composition of objects in our own Kuiper Belt and the physical properties of planets orbiting nearby stars to the formation of stars and the detection of the youngest galaxies in the Universe. NIRCam also plays an important role in initial alignment of JWST and the long term maintenance of its image quality. NIRCam is presently undergoing instrument Integration and Test in preparation for delivery to the JWST project. Key near-term milestones include the completion of cryogenic testing of the entire instrument; demonstration of scientific and wavefront sensing performance requirements; testing of replacement H2RG detectors arrays; and an analysis of coronagraphic performance in light of (image) measured telescope wavefront characteristics. This paper summarizes the performance of NIRCam, the scientific and education/outreach goals of the science team, and some results of the on-going testing program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume8442
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Jul 1 2012Jul 6 2012

Other

OtherSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
CountryNetherlands
CityAmsterdam
Period7/1/127/6/12

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James Webb Space Telescope
Space telescopes
Camera
Cameras
cameras
Wavefronts
Stars
Testing
Star
Kuiper belt
stars
Astrophysics
Initial Alignment
Galaxies
Wavefront Sensing
Planets
Infrared Camera
Telescopes
Cryogenics
Image quality

Keywords

  • Galaxies
  • Infrared
  • James webb space telescope
  • Planets
  • Solar system
  • Star formation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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Beichman, C. A., Rieke, M. J., Eisenstein, D., Greene, T. P., Krist, J., Mccarthy, D. W., ... Stansberry, J. (2012). Science opportunities with the Near-IR Camera (NIRCam) on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 8442). [84422N] https://doi.org/10.1117/12.925447

Science opportunities with the Near-IR Camera (NIRCam) on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). / Beichman, Charles A.; Rieke, Marcia J; Eisenstein, Daniel; Greene, Thomas P.; Krist, John; Mccarthy, Donald W; Meyer, Michael; Stansberry, John.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 8442 2012. 84422N.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Beichman, CA, Rieke, MJ, Eisenstein, D, Greene, TP, Krist, J, Mccarthy, DW, Meyer, M & Stansberry, J 2012, Science opportunities with the Near-IR Camera (NIRCam) on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 8442, 84422N, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 7/1/12. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.925447
Beichman CA, Rieke MJ, Eisenstein D, Greene TP, Krist J, Mccarthy DW et al. Science opportunities with the Near-IR Camera (NIRCam) on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 8442. 2012. 84422N https://doi.org/10.1117/12.925447
Beichman, Charles A. ; Rieke, Marcia J ; Eisenstein, Daniel ; Greene, Thomas P. ; Krist, John ; Mccarthy, Donald W ; Meyer, Michael ; Stansberry, John. / Science opportunities with the Near-IR Camera (NIRCam) on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 8442 2012.
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