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The JWST Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) provides imaging and spectroscopic observing modes from 4.9 to 28.8 μm (Wright et al. 2015, Rieke et al. 2015). These wavelengths can be utilized for studies including, but not limited to: direct imaging of young warm exoplanets and spectroscopy of their atmospheres; identification and characterization of the first galaxies at redshifts z > 7; and analysis of warm dust and molecular gas in young stars and proto-planetary disks.

To achieve these goals MIRI offers a very broad range of observing modes, including: 

External MIRI links and documents

MIRI "Encyclopedia" 

Rieke, G. et al. 2015, PASP, 127, 584
The Mid-Infrared Instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope, I: Introduction
PDF, Univ. of Arizona

Wright, G.S. et al. 2015, PASP, 127, 595
The Mid-Infrared Instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope, II: Design and Build
PDF, Univ. of Arizona

Bouchet, P. et al. 2015, PASP, 127, 612
The Mid-Infrared Instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope, III: MIRIM, The MIRI Imager
PDF, Univ. of Arizona

Kendrew, S. et al. 2015, PASP, 127, 623
The Mid-Infrared Instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope, IV: The Low-Resolution Spectrometer
PDF, Univ. of Arizona

Boccaletti, A. et al. 2015, PASP, 127, 633
The Mid-Infrared Instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope, V: Predicted Performance of the MIRI Coronagraphs
PDF, Univ. of Arizona

Wells, M. et al. 2015, PASP, 127, 646
The Mid-Infrared Instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope, VI: The Medium Resolution Spectrometer
PDF, Univ. of Arizona

Rieke, G. H. et al. 2015, PASP, 127, 665
The Mid-Infrared Instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope, VII: The MIRI Detectors
PDF, Univ. of Arizona

Ressler, M. E. et al. 2015, PASP, 127, 675
The Mid-Infrared Instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope, VIII: The MIRI Focal Plane System
PDF, Univ. of Arizona

Glasse, A. et al. 2015, PASP, 127, 686
The Mid-Infrared Instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope, IX: Predicted Sensitivity
PDF, Univ. of Arizona

Gordon, K. D. et al. 2015, PASP, 127, 696
The Mid-Infrared Instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope, X: Operations and Data Reduction
PDF, Univ. of Arizona

External MIRI websites

STScI MIRI Website

UK Astronomy Technology Centre; The Royal Observatory, Edinburgh MIRI Site

University of Arizona MIRI Site

NASA MIRI Site 

European Space Agency (ESA) MIRI Site

Lectures

JWST Community Lecture Series - The Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) for JWST (G. Rieke)

Other documents

JWST Pocket Guide

JWST technical documents

Acknowledgements

MIRI development was an equal collaboration between European and US partners. 

The MIRI optical system was built by a consortium of European partners from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. They were led by Gillian Wright, the European Principal Investigator, and Alistair Glasse, Instrument Scientist.

EADS-Astrium (now Airbus Defence and Space) provided the project office and management. The full instrument test was conducted at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) provided the core instrument flight software, the detector system, including infrared detector arrays obtained from Raytheon Vision Systems, collaborated with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems on the cooler development and test, and managed the US effort.

The JPL Instrument Scientist is Michael Ressler and the MIRI Science Team Lead is George Rieke.

 

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