Observing recommendations for JWST MIRI users

Macarena García Marín, George Rieke, Michael Ressler, Dan Dicken, Tom Greene, Jane Morrison, Sarah Kendrew, Stacey Alberts, Michael Regan, David Law, Ori Fox, Tea Temim, Dean Hines, Pierre Olivier Lagage, Pamela Klaassen, John Pye, Gillian Wright, Alistair Glasse

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The Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI), a result of the collaborative work of a consortium of European and US institutes, is the only Mid-IR science instrument on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The combination of MIRIs sensitivity and angular resolution over the 5-28.5 µm wavelength range will enable investigations into many different science topics, ranging from the local to the high-redshift Universe. The MIRI team has defined and published a set of”Recommended Strategies” to help observers optimally plan and execute their science programs. Some of these recommendations are generic and applicable to any science case; others are tailored to specific observing modes. Here we summarize key generic recommendations for MIRI observers, with emphasis on detector usage. All this information is available to observers as part of the James Webb Telescope User’s Documentation System and will be updated as needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationObservatory Operations
Subtitle of host publicationStrategies, Processes, and Systems VII
EditorsRobert L. Seaman, Alison B. Peck, Chris R. Benn
ISBN (Electronic)9781510619616
StatePublished - 2018
EventObservatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII 2018 - Austin, United States
Duration: Jun 11 2018Jun 15 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherObservatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • JWST
  • MIRI
  • Observations planning

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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