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JWST Community Lecture Series - NIRSpec Overview (P. Ferruit)

Community Lecture
March 15, 2016 03:00 PM EDT - March 15, 2016  04:00 PM EDT
Pasadena CA


The Near-Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) is one of the four instruments on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled for launch in 2018. NIRSpec has been designed and built by the European Space Agency (ESA) with Airbus Defence and Space Germany as prime contractor and contributions from NASA. The instrument covers the wavelength range from 0.6 to 5.3 micron and features a multi-object spectroscopy (MOS) mode, an integral field unit (IFU) and a suite of slits for high contrast spectroscopy of individual objects. In this talk, I will give an overview of NIRSpec capabilities and performances with a strong focus on information useful for future observers.