Near InfraRed Cam (NIRCam)

OSI fabricated all the refractive imaging optics for Lockheed Martin’s NIRCam Instrument.  The Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) is the primary imager for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), that will cover the infrared wavelength range 0.6 to 5 microns.

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NIRCam will detect light from: the earliest stars and galaxies in the process of formation; the population of stars in nearby galaxies; as well as young stars in the Milky Way and Kuiper Belt objects.  NIRCam is equipped with coronagraphs, instruments that allow astronomers to take pictures of very faint objects around a central bright object, like stellar systems. NIRCam’s coronagraphs work by blocking a brighter object’s light, making it possible to view the dimmer object nearby.