The mid-infrared instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope, II: Design and build

G. S. Wright, David Wright, G. B. Goodson, G. H. Rieke, Gabby Aitink-Kroes, J. Amiaux, Ana Aricha-Yanguas, Ruymán Azzollini, Kimberly Banks, D. Barrado-Navascues, T. Belenguer-Davila, J. A.D.L. Bloemmart, Patrice Bouchet, B. R. Brandl, L. Colina, Örs Detre, Eva Diaz-Catala, Paul Eccleston, Scott D. Friedman, Macarena García-MarínManuel Güdel, Alistair Glasse, Adrian M. Glauser, T. P. Greene, Uli Groezinger, Tim Grundy, Peter Hastings, Th Henning, Ralph Hofferbert, Faye Hunter, N. C. Jessen, K. Justtanont, Avinash R. Karnik, Mori A. Khorrami, Oliver Krause, Alvaro Labiano, P. O. Lagage, Ulrich Langer, Dietrich Lemke, Tanya Lim, Jose Lorenzo-Alvarez, Emmanuel Mazy, Norman McGowan, M. E. Meixner, Nigel Morris, Jane E. Morrison, Friedrich Müller, H. U.Nø Rgaard-Nielson, Göran Olofsson, Brian O’Sullivan, J. W. Pel, Konstantin Penanen, M. B. Petach, J. P. Pye, T. P. Ray, Etienne Renotte, Ian Renouf, M. E. Ressler, Piyal Samara-Ratna, Silvia Scheithauer, Analyn Schneider, Bryan Shaughnessy, Tim Stevenson, Kalyani Sukhatme, Bruce Swinyard, Jon Sykes, John Thatcher, Tuomo Tikkanen, E. F. Van Dishoeck, C. Waelkens, Helen Walker, Martyn Wells, Alex Zhender

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The Mid-InfraRed Instrument (MIRI) on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) provides measurements over the wavelength range 5 to 28.5 μm. MIRI has, within a single “package,” four key scientific functions: photometric imaging, coronagraphy, single-source low-spectral resolving power (R ∼ 100) spectroscopy, and medium-resolving power (R ∼ 1500 to 3500) integral field spectroscopy. An associated cooler system maintains MIRI at its operating temperature of < 6.7 K. This paper describes the driving principles behind the design of MIRI, the primary design parameters, and their realization in terms of the “as-built” instrument. It also describes the test program that led to delivery of the tested and calibrated Flight Model to NASA in 2012, and the confirmation after delivery of the key interface requirements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)595-611
Number of pages17
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Issue number953
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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