The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is currently under construction, and will be launched in 2018. JWST is a cryogenic telescope with a 6.5-meter primary mirror and has four science instruments that offer sensitivity from 0.6 to 28.5 microns. The telescope will be diffraction limited at 2 microns, 4 microns, and 7+ microns. The instruments contain 40 imaging filters (pixel scale down to 0.032”), 8 spectroscopic modes (wide field grism, single object, IFU, multiobject), and 7 coronographs. More information on the JWST science instruments, telescope sensitivity and the exposure time calculator is available on the links listed below.
On this page, we are collecting input related to the growing scientific case for JWST, as referenced in peer-review journals or conference proceedings. If you have recently submitted or published a research paper that discussed JWST’s future role for the respective science case, please consider submitting this information to STScI. This information will be released to the community in the form of electronic newsletters and at the AAS meeting. You can also see it listed under 'Recent JWST Science Highlights' on this page.