Performance of NIRCam on JWST in Flight

Marcia J. Rieke, Douglas M. Kelly, Karl Misselt, John Stansberry, Martha Boyer, Thomas Beatty, Eiichi Egami, Michael Florian, Thomas P. Greene, Kevin Hainline, Jarron Leisenring, Thomas Roellig, Everett Schlawin, Fengwu Sun, Lee Tinnin, Christina C. Williams, Christopher N.A. Willmer, Debra Wilson, Charles R. Clark, Scott RohrbachBrian Brooks, Alicia Canipe, Matteo Correnti, Audrey DiFelice, Mario Gennaro, Julian Girard, George Hartig, Bryan Hilbert, Anton M. Koekemoer, Nikolay K. Nikolov, Norbert Pirzkal, Armin Rest, Massimo Robberto, Ben Sunnquist, Randal Telfer, Chi Rai Wu, Malcolm Ferry, Dan Lewis, Stefi Baum, Charles Beichman, René Doyon, Alan Dressler, Daniel J. Eisenstein, Laura Ferrarese, Klaus Hodapp, Scott Horner, Daniel T. Jaffe, Doug Johnstone, John Krist, Peter Martin, Donald W. McCarthy, Michael Meyer, George H. Rieke, John Trauger, Erick T. Young

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The Near Infrared Camera for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is delivering the imagery that astronomers have hoped for ever since JWST was proposed back in the 1990s. In the Commissioning Period that extended from right after launch to early 2022 July, NIRCam has been subjected to a number of performance tests and operational checks. The camera is exceeding prelaunch expectations in virtually all areas, with very few surprises discovered in flight. NIRCam also delivered the imagery needed by the Wavefront Sensing Team for use in aligning the telescope mirror segments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number028001
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Issue number1044
StatePublished - Feb 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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