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This page contains instructions for filling out the APT MIRI imaging template, including full field imaging, subarray imaging, and large imaging mosaics.

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Introduction

Imaging is one of four observing modes available with the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI).  For standard imaging, the MIRI imager offers nine broad-band filters covering wavelengths between 5.6 and 25.5 μm over an unobstructed field-of-view of up to 74"x113" and a detector plate scale of 0.11"/pixel. The MIRI standard imaging mode supports the use of detector subarrays for bright targets as well as a variety of dither patterns, which may act to improve sampling at the shortest wavelengths, remove detector artifacts and cosmic ray hits, and facilitate self-calibration.  The APT mosaicking tool can be used to design mosaic observations to image larger fields. 

The observer will have control over four primary parameters for MIRI imaging:

1) filter
2) dithering pattern
3) subarray 
4) detector read out mode and exposure time (via the number of groups, integrations, and exposures).  

 Allowed values are documented and maintained in the MIRI Imaging Template parameters, but described below.

 See also: MIRI Imaging Recommended Strategies



Step-by-Step APT instructions

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The following parameters are generic to all templates, and are not discussed in this article: Observation Number, Observation LabelObservations CommentsTarget Name, ETC Workbook Calculation ID, Mosaic Properties, and Special Requirements.

Imaging parameters

  1. None
  2. MIRI-NIRCam Imaging
  3. MIRI Imaging-NIRISS WFSS

See also: JWST Parallel Observations, MIRI Parallel Observations

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MIRI imaging supports the use of a pre-defined set of SUBARRAYS for observing targets bright enough to saturate the image in full-frame readout. Each subarray is a associated with a brightness limit, depending on the filter used, above which a point source will saturate in the shortest 2-group integration.  A MIRI imaging observation can only support a single subarray. If the target must be imaged using another subarray, it is necessary to create another MIRI imaging observation.

See also: MIRI Detector Subarrays

Table 1. MIRI subarrays

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The DITHERS dialog box handles the creation of dither patterns, which must be created before defining your imaging sequence.  Each DITHER is specified by setting several parameters: DITHER TYPE, STARTING POINT, NUMBER OF POINTS, and PATTERN SIZE.

Note that the smallest subarrays are smaller than the largest dithers, so the choice of dither pattern may be constrained by the choice of subarray.  The MIRI imaging template in APT will only display dither parameters that are valid for the selected subarray.

See also: MIRI Imaging Dithering

Table 2. MIRI dither patterns

Dither typeUse caseNumber of dithers
CYCLINGShallow, flexible imaging, optimized for self-calibration3-311
REULEAUXDeep imaging, optimized for self-calibration12
2-PointFast nod, for snapshots2
4-Point-SetsFlexible dithers for user-optimized imaging of point and extended sourcesMultiple of 4

Note that set number 6 of the 4-point-sets dither type is centered on the FOV of the chosen subarray.

(Small-scale dithers are supported for imaging with F560W and F770W. To minimize overheads, small dithers are implemented using the telescope fine steering mirror (FSM). After slewing the telescope to each large dither, the small dither pattern will be executed in sequence, leading to a total of 

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The FILTERS dialog box is used to create the entire imaging sequence for a single observation for each filter. Each MIRI imaging observation can consist of multiple sets of images, each using a unique filter, dither pattern, and exposure configuration. First, Add a FILTER. Note that image set definitions can be duplicated using the Duplicate button.

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Users should use the Exposure Time Calculator (ETC) to determine the best exposure configuration to optimize the signal to noise.

An imaging sequence must be completed by selecting a MULTIACCUM exposure configuration for each imaging filter (in the FILTERS dialog box). Each exposure configuration requires setting the readout pattern and characteristics parameters: READOUT PATTERN, NUMBER OF GROUPS, and NUMBER OF INTEGRATIONS.  Finally select a dither pattern from the list of DITHERS already defined for the observation.  The exposures will be repeated at each dither position following an offset of the telescope to the new position. The number of exposures at each dither position is set by NO. OF EXPOSURES.  

See also: MIRI Filters and Dispersers

READOUT PATTERN

MIRI offers two readout modes: 

  1. Fast (default)
  2. Slow

See also: MIRI Detector Readout Overview

NUMBER OF GROUPS AND INTEGRATIONS

The MIRI timing pattern per exposure is defined by only two MULTIACCUM parameters: 

  1. NUMBER OF GROUPS: the number of groups during an integration, where a group is the product of cycling through all the pixels
  2. NUMBER OF INTEGRATIONSthe number of integrations during an exposure, where integration is defined as the time between resets. 

 


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Mosaic Properties

The MIRI Imager may be used to obtain data for a region larger than their size by creating a MIRI imaging mosaic pattern.

See also: MIRI Mosaics Overview

Special Requirements

A variety of observatory level special requirements may be chosen.

Comments

The comments field should be used only to record observing notes.

 


 

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Related links

Science Use Cases and Best Practices

MIRI Imaging Science Use Case (with example APT file)
Generic Best Practises for MIRI
MIRI Imaging Best Practices

Related Technical Information on the MIRI Instrument

MIRI Overview
MIRI Imaging

MIRI Imaging Dithering
MIRI Filters and Disperser
MIRI Detector Subarrays
MIRI Detector Readout Overview
MIRI Imaging Target Acquisition

ETC Related Articles

JWST Exposure Time Calculator Overview
JWST ETC MIRI Target Acquisition

APT Related Articles

JWST MIRI APT Observation Templates
MIRI Imaging Template Parameters

Other Related Articles

JWST Mosaic Observation Capability

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