λ = 2.4 to 5 μm spectroscopy with the James Webb Space Telescope NIRCam instrument
AuthorGreene, Thomas P.
Kelly, Douglas M.
Hodapp, Klaus W.
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Steward Observ
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Citationλ = 2.4 to 5 μm spectroscopy with the James Webb Space Telescope NIRCam instrument 2017, 3 (3):035001 Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems
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AbstractThe James Webb Space Telescope near-infrared camera (JWST NIRCam) has two 2.'2 x 2.'2 fields of view that can be observed with either imaging or spectroscopic modes. Either of two R similar to 1500 grisms with orthogonal dispersion directions can be used for slitless spectroscopy over lambda = 2.4 to 5.0 mu m in each module, and shorter wavelength observations of the same fields can be obtained simultaneously. We describe the design drivers and parameters of the grisms and present the latest predicted spectroscopic sensitivities, saturation limits, resolving powers, and wavelength coverage values. Simultaneous short wavelength (0.6 to 2.3 mu m) imaging observations of the 2.4 to 5.0 mu m spectroscopic field can be performed in one of several different filter bands, either infocus or defocused via weak lenses internal to the NIRCam. The grisms are available for single-object time-series spectroscopy and wide-field multiobject slitless spectroscopy modes in the first cycle of JWST observations. We present and discuss operational considerations including subarray sizes and data volume limits. Potential scientific uses of the grisms are illustrated with simulated observations of deep extragalactic fields, dark clouds, and transiting exoplanets. Information needed to plan observations using these spectroscopic modes is also provided. (C) The Authors. Published by SPIE under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Distribution or reproduction of this work in whole or in part requires full attribution of the original publication, including its DOI.
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SponsorsNASA JWST project for NIRCam [NASA WBS 411672.05.05.02.02]