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

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dc.contributor.author Beichman, Charles A.
dc.contributor.author Rieke, Marcia
dc.contributor.author Eisenstein, Daniel
dc.contributor.author Greene, Thomas P.
dc.contributor.author Krist, John
dc.contributor.author McCarthy, Don
dc.contributor.author Meyer, Michael
dc.contributor.author Stansberry, John
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-23T17:20:42Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-23T17:20:42Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07-05
dc.identifier.citation SPIE Astronomical Telescopes+Instrumentation, Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 1-6, 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 12-2249
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/42648
dc.description.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 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. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2012. en_US
dc.subject astrophysics en_US
dc.subject infrared en_US
dc.subject James Webb Telescope en_US
dc.subject solar system en_US
dc.subject galaxies en_US
dc.title Science opportunities with the Near-IR Camera (NIRCam) on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US
dc.subject.NASATaxonomy Instrumentation and Photography en_US
dc.subject.NASATaxonomy Astronomy en_US


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