NIRSpec Imaging Template Parameters
JWST's NIRSpec Imaging template, available in the Astronomer’s Proposal Tool (APT), is used to obtain imaging observations for standalone engineering measurements.
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Items in brackets - <value> - are required values.
Items in square brackets - [<value>] - are optional.
The following parameters are required to obtain Imaging observations for standalone engineering measurements. These images may be used to check NIRSpec focus, evaluate MSA shutter performance, or for other diagnostic purposes. The grating wheel is set to MIRROR.
The following parameters are used to define NIRSpec Imaging observations.
|assign observation number||number|
|Observation Label||provide observation label||text||optional|
|Observation Comments||provide observation comments||text||optional|
|select Target Name||choose from list||from Target List|
|specify special requirements||choose from list||if needed|
|Template specific information|
|Filter||select a filter||choose from list|
|Readout Pattern||select readout pattern||choose from list|
|Number of Groups/Integration||specify number of groups/integration||number|
|Number of Integrations/Exposure||specify number of integrations/exposure||number|
Select the TARGET NAME [TBD] from the list of targets previously entered (see list of targets).
For each exposure to be executed , specify the FILTER, READOUT PATTERN, NUMBER OF GROUPS/INTEGRATION, and NUMBER OF INTEGRATIONS/EXPOSURE .
FILTER [FILTER] = F140X, F110W, F070LP, F100LP, F170LP, F290LP, CLEAR
Select the name of the filter you wish to use.
READOUT PATTERN [READOUT PATTERN] = NRS (default), NRSRAPID, NRSIRS2, NRSIRS2RAPID
This field specifies the readout pattern to be used to obtain the image data.
Note that there is a 100 second overhead associated with switching between IRS2 and non-IRS2 readout patterns in an observation.
Note that NUMBER OF GROUPS/INTEGRATION x NUMBER OF INTEGRATIONS/EXPOSURE must be less than 256 for NRSIRS2 and 1024 for NRSIRS2RAPID.
Note for developers: If there is interleaving of IRS2 and non-IRS2 readout patterns, issue a warning alerting the user to the 100s overhead.
Number of Groups/Integration
NUMBER OF GROUPS/INTEGRATION [NGROUPS] specifies the number of groups in an integration.
Number of Integrations/Exposure
NUMBER OF INTEGRATIONS/EXPOSURE [NINTS] specifies the number of times the integration is performed.
Note for developers: The SUBARRAY is not explicitly given, and its value is FULL for the purposes of calculating photon collection time.
Version 3 (April 19, 2019)
- Editorial change (moved change log to main article)
Version 2 (October 17 2017)
- PR 88968 - revised overhead time for switching between IRS and IRS2 readout patterns
- PR 88047 - added restriction on NGroups x NINTs for IRS2 readout patterns.
Version 1 (June 15, 2017)