JWST ETC Strategies

The JWST Exposure Time Calculator (ETC) reports the results of calculations performed using a specified strategy that includes information about location and size of the extraction aperture, wavelength of interest, and choice of regions for background subtraction.

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The JWST ETC enables exposure time calculations for a variety of instrument modes, including direct imaging, slit spectroscopy, slitless spectroscopy, integral field unit (IFU) spectroscopy, and coronagraphic imaging. The signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is computed using extraction strategies that are specific to the different modes. After the user has selected the scene, backgrounds, instrument setup, and detector setup, as described in the article Creating a JWST ETC Calculation, the next step is to define the strategy to be used for computing the SNR. The Strategy tab, shown below, provides choices for the extraction strategy, background subtraction, size and position of the background region, and the wavelength of interest/slice for spectroscopic calculations.
Figure 1. Location of the strategy tab in the ETC web application

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The strategies are set using the Strategy tab on the Calculations tab page.

List of articles

  1. JWST ETC Imaging Aperture Photometry Strategy: Information on the strategy used for MIRI, NIRCam, and NIRISS imaging calculations, as well as NIRSpec IFU Verification Imaging calculations.
  2. JWST ETC Aperture Spectral Extraction Strategy: Details of the extraction strategy available for slitted mode calculations, such as MIRI LRS Slit and NIRSpec Fixed Slit.
  3. JWST ETC MSA Full Shutter Extraction Strategy: Information specific to the extraction strategy for NIRSpec MSA calculations.
  4. JWST ETC IFU Strategies: A description of the 3 strategies available for MIRI MRS and NIRSpec IFU calculations.
  5. JWST ETC SOSS Spectral Extraction Strategy: Specific information on the extraction strategy for NIRISS SOSS calculations.
  6. JWST ETC Coronagraphy Strategy: Information on the strategy used for MIRI and NIRCam coronagraphic imaging calculations.
  7. JWST ETC MSA Aperture Photometry Strategy: Details on the extraction strategy for the NIRSpec MOS Verification Imaging mode.
  8. JWST ETC MSA Shutter Photometry Strategy: Details on the extraction strategy for the NIRSpec MOS Confirmation Imaging mode.

For additional instrument/mode specific ETC strategies please refer to NIRISS AMI Recommended Strategies, NIRISS Imaging Recommended Strategies and NIRISS WFSS Recommended Strategies articles.

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