DB.4.03 — The Near Infrared Spectrograph on the James Webb Space Telescope: Instrument Overview and User Interface Development

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Aug 7th at 6:50 PM until 7:10 PM

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Author(s): Karoline Gilbert1, Tracy Beck1, Diane M Karakla1, Susan Kassin1, Tony Keyes1, James Muzerolle1, Cheryl Pavlovsky1, David Soderblom1, Leonardo Ubeda1

Institution(s): 1. Space Telescope Science Institute

The Near Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) on the James Webb Space Telescope will provide astronomers the ability to observe through fixed slits, the integral field unit, or in multi-object mode with the micro-shutter array, at spectral resolutions of R ∼ 100, 1000, and 2700. The combination of JWST’s sensitivity and superb resolution in the infrared and NIRSpec’s full wavelength coverage from 0.6 to 5 μm will open new parameter space for studies of galaxies and resolved stellar populations alike. We will provide a general overview of the NIRSpec instrument and the user interface development, including proposal planning and the data calibration and reduction pipeline. We will discuss the capabilities of NIRSpec for survey science, and introduce the science use cases that are being used to drive development of the NIRSpec user interfaces.