The Mid-Infrared Instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope, II: Design and Build
Journal article, 2015

The Mid-InfraRed Instrument (MIRI) on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) provides measurements over the wavelength range 5 to 28: 5 mu m. MIRI has, within a single "package," four key scientific functions: photometric imaging, coronagraphy, single-source low-spectral resolving power (R similar to 100) spectroscopy, and medium-resolving power (R similar to 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.

Author

G. S. Wright

Royal Observatory

D. Wright

G. B. Goodson

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

G. H. Rieke

University of Arizona

G. Aitink-Kroes

J. Amiaux

Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)

A. Aricha-Yanguas

Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aeroespacial

R. Azzollini

Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

Centro de Astrobiologia (CAB)

K. Banks

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

D. Barrado

Centro de Astrobiologia (CAB)

T. Belenguer-Davila

Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aeroespacial

Jadl Bloemmart

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

KU Leuven

Flemish Institute for Technological Research

P. Bouchet

Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)

B. R. Brandl

Leiden University

L. Colina

Centro de Astrobiologia (CAB)

O. Detre

Max Planck Institute

E. Diaz-Catala

Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aeroespacial

P. Eccleston

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

S. D. Friedman

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

M. Garcia-Marin

University of Cologne

M. Gudel

University of Vienna

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH)

A. Glasse

Royal Observatory

A. M. Glauser

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH)

T. P. Greene

NASA Ames Research Center

U. Groezinger

Max Planck Institute

T. Grundy

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

P. Hastings

Royal Observatory

T. Henning

Max Planck Institute

R. Hofferbert

Max Planck Institute

F. Hunter

PO3 5PU

N. C. Jessen

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Kay Justtanont

Chalmers, Earth and Space Sciences, Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics

A. R. Karnik

M. A. Khorrami

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

O. Krause

Max Planck Institute

A. Labiano

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH)

P. O. Lagage

Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)

U. Langer

D. Lemke

Max Planck Institute

T. Lim

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

J. Lorenzo-Alvarez

ESTEC

E. Mazy

University of Liège

N. McGowan

PO3 5PU

M. E. Meixner

Johns Hopkins University

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

N. Morris

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

J. E. Morrison

University of Arizona

F. Muller

Max Planck Institute

H. U. N. Rgaard-Nielson

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

G. Olofsson

Stockholm University

B. O'Sullivan

PO3 5PU

J. W. Pel

University of Groningen

K. Penanen

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

M. B. Petach

Northrop Grumman corporation

J. P. Pye

University Of Leicester

T. P. Ray

Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

E. Renotte

University of Liège

I. Renouf

PO3 5PU

M. E. Ressler

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

P. Samara-Ratna

University Of Leicester

S. Scheithauer

Max Planck Institute

A. Schneider

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

B. Shaughnessy

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

T. Stevenson

SK11 9DL

K. Sukhatme

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

B. Swinyard

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

University College London (UCL)

J. Sykes

University Of Leicester

J. Thatcher

SG1 2AS

T. Tikkanen

University Of Leicester

E. F. van Dishoeck

Leiden University

C. Waelkens

KU Leuven

H. Walker

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

M. Wells

Royal Observatory

A. Zhender

Paul Scherrer Institut

Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific

0004-6280 (ISSN) 1538-3873 (eISSN)

Vol. 127 953 595-611

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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology

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