Optimizing parallel observations for the JWST/MIRI instrument

MacArena Garcià-Marìn, Christopher N A Willmer, Alvaro Labiano, Stacey Alberts, George H. Rieke, Gillian Wright, Marcia J Rieke

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Using unprecedented sensitivity and angular resolution, the Mid-IR (MIRI) instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will provide imaging, coronagraphy, single slit and integral-field spectroscopy for many science observations. The expectation is that the operational design of the JWST will include parallel modes. We have been studying the intricacies of combining MIRI (5-28.5 μm) and Near-IR Camera (NIRCam) (0.6-5 μm) imaging observations for a deep imaging use-case. Such programs present particular challenges from an operations point of view. This contribution presents the overall design of the MIRI observations in parallel with NIRCam, opening the path to collaborative science opportunities between MIRI and the other JWST instruments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationObservatory Operations
Subtitle of host publicationStrategies, Processes, and Systems VI
EditorsAlison B. Peck, Robert L. Seaman, Chris R. Benn
ISBN (Electronic)9781510601994
StatePublished - 2016
EventObservatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 27 2016Jul 1 2016

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 VI
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Data
  • JWST
  • MIRI
  • NIR Cam
  • Operations
  • Parallels

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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