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A Spitzer Warm Mission Ultra-Wide Survey As A Target Finder For The James Webb Space Telescope

Gardner, Jonathan P. and Fan, Xiaohui and Wilson, Gillian and Stiavelli, Massimo (2007) A Spitzer Warm Mission Ultra-Wide Survey As A Target Finder For The James Webb Space Telescope. In: The science opportunities for the Warm Spitzer Mission Workshop, Pasadena, CA, 4–5 June 2007. AIP Conference Proceedings. No.943. American Institute of Physics , Melville, NY, pp. 229-241. ISBN 978-0-7354-0457-1.

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The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the successor to the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes. It has a broad scientific mission which includes spectroscopic studies of the epoch of reionization through observations of z>8 quasars. The Spitzer warm mission provides a unique opportunity to conduct an infrared survey of several hundred square degrees to a depth of several micro-Janskys, capable of finding quasars out to z = 10. Deep JWST continuum spectroscopy of these quasars will establish the epoch and history of the Universe through detection of the Gunn-Peterson trough and/or Lyman-alpha damping wings. The statistics and luminosity function of high-z quasars will reveal the early history of accretion in the most extreme systems, providing insights in the role of black holes in galaxy evolution. Data obtained from an ultra-wide warm Spitzer survey will also be useful for other science, including studies of high-redshift galaxy clusters.

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Additional Information:© 2007 American Institute of Physics. Issue Date: October 18, 2007.
Group:Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
Subject Keywords:astronomical observatories, astronomical telescopes, spectroscopy, quasars, cosmology, galaxies, Spitzer Space Telescope, infrared astronomical observations, extragalactic objects, origin and formation of the universe
Series Name:AIP Conference Proceedings
Issue or Number:943
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