NGST NIRCam scientific program and design concept

Marcia Rieke, Stefi Baum, Chas Beichman, David Crampton, René Doyon, Daniel Eisenstein, Thomas Greene, Klaus Werner Hodapp, Scott Horner, Doug Johnstone, Larry Lesyna, Simon Lilly, Michael Meyer, Peter Martin, Donald McCarthy, George Rieke, Thomas Roellig, John Stauffer, John Trauger, Erick Young

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The science program for the Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST) relies heavily on a high performance near-infrared imager. A design which supports the observations outlined in the Design Reference Mission (DRM) and which also supports enhanced searches for "first light" objects and planets has been developed. Key features of the design include use of refractive optics to minimize the volume and mass required, tunable filters for spectroscopic imaging, and redundant imagers for fail-safe wavefront sensing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)478-485
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002
EventIR Space Telescopes and Instruments - waikoloa, HI, United States
Duration: Aug 24 2002Aug 28 2002


  • Near-infrared camera
  • Next Generation Space Telescope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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