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13 December 2020 Commissioning the scientific instruments of the James Webb Space Telescope
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The James Webb Space Telescope features a powerful complement of focal-plane instruments: the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI), the Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam), the Near-Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph (NIRISS), the Near-Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec), and the Fine Guidance Sensor (FGS). These instruments offer an exciting suite of scientific capabilities for imaging, high-contrast imaging, and spectroscopy. To bring these capabilities on-line after launch, a carefully scoped and sequenced set of commissioning activities has been developed. These activities will confirm the functionality of the instruments, characterize their performance (optimizing where possible), obtain initial calibrations at a level required to properly plan observations, and demonstrate essential operational sequences such as target acquisition. We present a high-level overview of these activities and the planned commissioning timeline to execute them.
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Randy A. Kimble, Scott Friedman, Catarina Alves de Oliveira, Stephan Birkmann, Torsten Boeker, Martha Boyer, René Doyon, Alistair Glasse, Sarah Kendrew, André Martel, Edmund Nelan, Alberto Noriega-Crespo, Charles Proffitt, Corbett Smith, John Stansberry, Begoña Vila, and Christopher Willott "Commissioning the scientific instruments of the James Webb Space Telescope", Proc. SPIE 11443, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2020: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 114434G (13 December 2020); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2561819
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