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ID: 720030.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
The mid-infrared instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope, I: Introduction
Authors:Rieke, G. H.; Wright, G. S.; Böker, T.; Bouwman, J.; Colina, L.; Glasse, A.; Gordon, K. D.; Greene, T. P.; Güdel, M.; Henning, T.; Justtanont, K.; Lagage, P. -. O.; Meixner, M. E.; Nørgaard-Nielsen, H. -. U.; Ray, T. P.; Ressler, M. E.; van Dishoeck, E. F.; Waelkens, C.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2015
Title of Journal:Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Volume:127
Issue / Number:953
Start Page:584
End Page:594
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:MIRI (the Mid-Infrared Instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope [JWST]) operates from 5 to 28.5 μm and combines over this range: (1) unprecedented sensitivity levels; (2) subarcsecond angular resolution; (3) freedom from atmospheric interference; (4) the inherent stability of observing in space; and (5) a suite of versatile capabilities including imaging, low- and medium-resolution spectroscopy (with an integral field unit), and coronagraphy. We illustrate the potential uses of this unique combination of capabilities with various science examples: (1) imaging exoplanets; (2) transit and eclipse spectroscopy of exoplanets; (3) probing the first stages of star and planet formation, including identifying bioactive molecules; (4) determining star formation rates and mass growth as galaxies are assembled; and (5) characterizing the youngest massive galaxies.
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
Identifiers:ISSN:0004-6280
URL:http://cdsads.u-strasbg.fr/abs/2015PASP..127..584R
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