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Science opportunities with the near-IR camera (NIRCam) on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

Beichman, Charles A. and Rieke, Marcia and Eisenstein, Daniel and Greene, Thomas P. and Krist, John and McCarthy, Don and Meyer, Michael and Stansberry, John (2012) Science opportunities with the near-IR camera (NIRCam) on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). In: Space telescopes and instrumentation 2012: optical, infrared, and millimeter wave. Proceedings of SPIE . No.8442. International Society for Optical Engineering , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 84422N. ISBN 978-0-8194-9143-5 .

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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.

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Additional Information:© 2012 SPIE. Published: 22 August 2012. The research described in this publication was carried out in part at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Support from Near-IR Camera (NIRCam) instrument on James Webb Space Telescope via contract NAS5-02105 is gratefully acknowledged. Copyright 2011 by California Institute of Technology.
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Subject Keywords:Infrared; James Webb Space Telescope; planets; solar system; star formation; galaxies
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Official Citation: Charles A. Beichman ; Marcia Rieke ; Daniel Eisenstein ; Thomas P. Greene ; John Krist ; Don McCarthy ; Michael Meyer ; John Stansberry; Science opportunities with the near-IR camera (NIRCam) on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Proc. SPIE 8442, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 84422N (September 21, 2012); doi:10.1117/12.925447.
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