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The JWST MIRI Double-Prism, Design and Science Drivers

The JWST MIRI Double-Prism, Design and Science Drivers

Publication date: 13 July 2008

Authors: Fischer, S. et al.

Journal: Proceedings of SPIE
Volume: 7010

Copyright: SPIE

In "Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter", edited by Jacobus M. Oschmann, Jr., Mattheus W. M. de Graauw, Howard A. MacEwen, Proc. of SPIE Vol. 7010, 70103K, (2008), doi: 10.1117/12.788672

We present how it is achieved to mount a double prism in the filter wheel of MIRIM - the imager of JWST's Mid Infrared Instrument. In order to cope with the extreme conditions of the prisms' surroundings, the low resolution double prism assembly (LRSDPA) design makes high demands on manufacturing accuracy. The design and the manufacturing of the mechanical parts are presented here, while 'Manufacturing and verification of ZnS and Ge prisms for the JWST MIRI imager' are described in a second paper. We also give insights on the astronomical possibilities of a sensitive MIR spectrometer. Low resolution prism spectroscopy in the wavelength range from 5-10 microns will allow to spectroscopically determine redshifts of objects close to/at the re-ionization phase of the universe.

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