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
2013 October 21
Arizona, Lockheed, and Goddard staff are in the process of replacing the focal plane arrays (FPAs) in NIRCam with the new flight units.
2013 September 29
NIRCam instrument vibration testing was successfully completed. Separate tests of flight versions of the Focal Plane Electronics (FPE) and the Instrument Control Electronics (ICE) are underway in California.
2013 July 27
NIRCam arrived at Goddard Space Flight Center. Final testing and integration of the instrument and its electronics will take place there prior to formal delivery in the fall.