The Mid-Infrared Instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope, I: Introduction
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2015

MIRI (the Mid-Infrared Instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope [JWST]) operates from 5 to 28: 5 mu m and combines over this range: (1) unprecedented sensitivity levels; (2) subarcsecond angular resolution; (3) freedom from atmospheric interference; (4) the inherent stability of observing in space; and (5) a suite of versatile capabilities including imaging, low- and medium-resolution spectroscopy (with an integral field unit), and coronagraphy. We illustrate the potential uses of this unique combination of capabilities with various science examples: (1) imaging exoplanets; (2) transit and eclipse spectroscopy of exoplanets; (3) probing the first stages of star and planet formation, including identifying bioactive molecules; (4) determining star formation rates and mass growth as galaxies are assembled; and (5) characterizing the youngest massive galaxies.


G. H. Rieke

University of Arizona

G. S. Wright

Royal Observatory

T. Boker

European Space Agency - ESA

J. Bouwman

Max Planck-institutet

L. Colina

CSIC-INTA - Centro de Astrobiologia (CAB)

A. Glasse

Royal Observatory

K. D. Gordon

Universiteit Gent


T. P. Greene

NASA Ames Research Center

M. Gudel

Universität Wien

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH)

T. Henning

Max Planck-institutet

Kay Justtanont

Chalmers, Rymd- och geovetenskap, Radioastronomi och astrofysik

P. O. Lagage

CNRS Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

M. E. Meixner

Johns Hopkins University


H. U. Norgaard-Nielsen

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

T. P. Ray

Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

M. E. Ressler

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

E. F. van Dishoeck

Universiteit Leiden

C. Waelkens

KU Leuven

Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific

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

Vol. 127 584-594


Astronomi, astrofysik och kosmologi