The Near-Infrared Spectrograph NIRSpec is one of the four instruments of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
NIRSpec will cover the 0.6-5.0 micron range and will be capable of obtaining spectra of more than 100 objects
simultaneously in its multi-object spectroscopy (MOS) mode. It also features a set of slits and an aperture for high
contrast spectroscopy of individual sources, as well as an integral-field unit (IFU) for 3D spectroscopy. We will first
show how these capabilities are linked to the four main JWST scientific themes. We will then give an overview of the
NIRpec modes and spectral configurations with an emphasis on the layout of the field of view and of the spectra. Last,
we will provide an update on the status of the instrument.
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Pierre Ferruit ; Giorgio Bagnasco ; Reiner Barho ; Stephan Birkmann ; Torsten Böker, et al.
The JWST near-infrared spectrograph NIRSpec: status
", Proc. SPIE 8442, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 84422O (August 22, 2012); doi:10.1117/12.925810; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.925810