12 October 2004 The science requirements of the James Webb Space Telescope
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The scientific requirements of the James Webb Space Telescope fall into four themes. The End of the Dark Ages: First Light and Reionization seeks to identify the first luminous sources to form and to determine the ionization history of the Universe. The Assembly of Galaxies seeks to determine how galaxies and the dark matter, gas, stars, metals, morphological structures, and active nuclei within them evolved from the epoch of reionization to the present. The Birth of Stars and Protoplanetary Systems seeks to unravel the birth and early evolution of stars, from infall onto dust-enshrouded protostars, to the genesis of planetary systems. Planetary Systems and the Origins of Life seeks to determine the physical and chemical properties of planetary systems including our own, and investigate the potential for life in those systems. These themes will guide the design and construction of the observatory.
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Jonathan P. Gardner, Jonathan P. Gardner, John C. Mather, John C. Mather, Mark Clampin, Mark Clampin, Matthew A. Greenhouse, Matthew A. Greenhouse, Heidi B. Hammel, Heidi B. Hammel, John B. Hutchings, John B. Hutchings, Peter Jakobsen, Peter Jakobsen, Simon J. Lilly, Simon J. Lilly, Jonathan I. Lunine, Jonathan I. Lunine, Mark J. McCaughrean, Mark J. McCaughrean, Matt Mountain, Matt Mountain, George H. Rieke, George H. Rieke, Marcia J. Rieke, Marcia J. Rieke, Eric P. Smith, Eric P. Smith, Massimo Stiavelli, Massimo Stiavelli, Hervey S. Stockman, Hervey S. Stockman, Rogier A. Windhorst, Rogier A. Windhorst, Gillian S. Wright, Gillian S. Wright, } "The science requirements of the James Webb Space Telescope", Proc. SPIE 5487, Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes, (12 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550657; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.550657
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