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NIRSpec Software Tools

MSA Planning Tool (MPT): The MSA planning tool in APT is used to plan multi-object spectroscopic observations (or, MOS observations) with the Nirspec micro-shutter array. Manual planning would be extremely difficult, so we have created a tool to facilitate this process. You can download the current operational version of the APT software which includes the latest version of MPT from here. The accompanying MPT User Guide contains a step-by-step description of how one can use the tool. There are also helpful videos that demonstrate the use of the tool which can be found here.

WebbPSF: The program WebbPSF models Point Spread Functions for the James Webb Space Telescope, using predicted wavefronts based on the optical requirements and error budgets for the telescope and instruments. WebbPSF can produce monochromatic and broadband PSFs for all instruments in direct imaging and coronagraphic modes; spectroscopic modes are not yet supported.

Astronomer's Proposal Tool (APT): APT is the operational tool for writing HST proposals and it is being modified to also write JWST proposals. You can download the current operational version of APT here and look at the current draft version for JWST by clicking on File>New>New JWST Proposal. Note that at this point the observation templates generally reflect what has been developed for the on board scripts and not necessarily all planned functionality.

JWST Prototype ETC: This JWST prototype Exposure Time Calculator (ETC) is a web-based application that assists users in exploring JWST's science capabilities. The ETC calculates Signal-To-Noise Ratio (SNR) for a given exposure time and for JWST's science instruments.