Spitzer IRAC Photometry of JWST Calibration Stars

Jessica E. Krick, Patrick Lowrance, Sean Carey, Seppo Laine, Carl Grillmair, Schuyler D. Van Dyk, William J. Glaccum, James G. Ingalls, George Rieke, Joseph L. Hora, Giovanni G. Fazio, Karl D. Gordon, Ralph C. Bohlin

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We present infrared photometry of all 36 potential JWST calibrators for which there is archival Spitzer IRAC data. This photometry can then be used to inform the stellar models necessary to provide absolute calibration for all JWST instruments. We describe in detail the steps necessary to measure IRAC photometry from archive retrieval to photometric corrections. To validate our photometry, we examine the distribution of uncertainties from all detections in all four IRAC channels as well as compare the photometry and its uncertainties to those from models, ALLWISE, and the literature. Seventy-five percent of our detections have standard deviations per star of all observations within each channel of less than 3%. The median standard deviations are 1.2%, 1.3%, 1.1%, and 1.9% in [3.6]-[8.0], respectively. We find less than 8% standard deviations in differences of our photometry with ALLWISE and excellent agreement with literature values (less than 3% difference), lending credence to our measured fluxes. JWST is poised to do groundbreaking science, and accurate calibration and cross-calibration with other missions will be part of the underpinnings of that science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAstronomical Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2021


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  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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