JWST Other Tools

There are a number of different software tools available to assist JWST users  as they investigate various proposal options for viability, and ultimately generate a proposal for submission the the JWST Time Allocation process.  This article provides a quick look overview of what is available.

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See also: Master list of JWST Proposing Help videos on all topics  

The primary JWST tools needed to support proposal writing include the JWST Exposure Time Calculator  and the Astronomer's Proposal Tool.  However, the JWST project supports a number of other specialized tools that can be great time-savers for those investigating special cases.  These tools typically are used to provide a quick look into parameters such as visibility, sensitivity, or variations in background levels as a function of time.

Additional proposal preparation support tools

Tools for simulating JWST performance

  • WebbPSF Tool (Generate accurate point-spread functions for JWST instruments); WebbPSF is used within the ETC to generate PSFs, but certain users may want to investigate further on their own.

  • Mirage is a python code that can be used to generate simulated NIRCam, NIRISS, or FGS imaging data. (Awesimsoss, the stand alone tool that simulated scenes generated by the NIRISS Single Object Slitless Spectroscopy mode, is now integrated into Mirage.)

  • ExoCTK, the Exoplanet Toolkit which can aid in proposal preparation for transiting exoplanet observations and PandExo, the ETC specifically for exoplanets. These are heavily used by the Exoplanet community. 

External tools of interest to proposers

The following tool has been developed by external community members and is not supported directly by STScI. However, many in the broader community may find it useful and a link is provided for visibility and convenience.   

  • MIRISIM can generate imaging, as well as low- and medium-resolution spectroscopic data simulations for MIRI. These simulated observations can help proposers to better understand the capabilities of the instrument, prepare their own observations, and plan ahead for data analysis.  MIRISIM was developed and is supported by the MIRI consortium.

Help for this tool is not available through the JWST Help Desk since it is outside of STScI control.

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    Removed link to stand alone awesimsoss tool, now integrated into Mirage.

    text changed to indicate that ExoCTK is now supported by STScI
    Updated Tools list in support of Cycle 1.

    Added link to new moving target version of the GTVT

  • Revised page for current ancillary tools that will be supported for JWST Cycle 1.
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