The James Webb Space Telescope science instrument suite: An overview of optical designs

Pam Davila, Brent Bos, James Contreras, Clinton Evans, Matt Greenhouse, Gurnie Hobbs, Wolfgang Holota, Lynn W. Huff, John Hutchings, Thomas H. Jamieson, Paul Lightsey, Chris Morbey, Richard Murowinski, Marcia Rieke, Neil Rowlands, Bruce Steakley, Martyn Wells, Maurice Te Plate, Gillian Wright

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The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Observatory, the follow-on mission to the Hubble Space Telescope and to the Spitzer Space Facility, will yield astounding breakthroughs in the realms of infrared space science. The science instrument suite for this Observatory will consist of a Near-Infrared Camera, a Near-Infrared Spectrograph, a Mid-Infrared Instrument with imager, coronagraph and integral field spectroscopy modes, and a Fine Guider System Instrument with both a Guider module and a Tunable Filter Module. In this paper we present an overview of the optical designs of the telescope and instruments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)611-627
Number of pages17
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Issue numberPART 2
StatePublished - 2004
EventOptical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telecopes - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 21 2004Jun 25 2004


  • James Webb Space Telescope
  • Optical design
  • Science instrument
  • 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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