The Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) will be the primary JWST imager in the wavelength range of 0.6 to 5 microns. The NIRCam is required by many of the core science goals of JWST, including the detection of the early phases of star and galaxy formation, such as the first precursors to today's globular clusters; morphology and colors of galaxies at very high redshift in rest-frame optical wavelengths; detection of and light curves of distant supernovae; mapping dark matter via gravitational lensing; and the study of stellar populations in nearby galaxies. NIRCam is also the instrument used for wavefront sensing to enable control of the primary mirror.
The Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) is being built by a team at University of Arizona (UoA) and Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Center and led by Prof. Marcia Rieke at UoA. Its high sensitivity, wavelength multiplexing, and wide field of view enable deep imaging surveys
2014 July 17
The NIRCam team is currently supporting NIRCam operations as part of the full Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) as it undergoes the Cryo-Vacuum Test 2 (CV2) at Goddard Space Flight Center. The test began in June 2014 and is expected to continue into September. NIRCam has seen "first light" in both the short and long wavelength channels under cryogenic vacuum conditions much like the space environment in which the JWST instruments will operate. All instrument performance is as expected.
2014 May 07
NIRCam will undergo a full suite of testing during Cryo-Vacuum Test 2 (CV2) at Goddard Space Flight Center during Summer 2014. These tests are done in cryogenic and vacuum conditions, much like the space environment in which the telescope will operate.
2014 March 20
NIRCam has been successfully integrated within the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM). Watch the video of engineers integrating the NIRCam into ISIM structure at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.