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Paper: Creating the Prototype JWST Exposure Time Calculators (ETCs)
Volume: 461, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXI
Page: 221
Authors: Sosey, M.; Hanley, C.; Laidler, V.; Lindsay, K.; Sienkiewicz, M.; Greenfield, P.; Barker, E.
Abstract: Exposure time calculators (ETCs) are tools that astronomers use to explore the observing scenarios for their scientific data acquisition. ETCs are heavily used during the periods of observation proposal planning and submission. They are used not only to get estimates for exposure times, but also to check on the health and safety risks those observations might pose to the telescope. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is still in development and does not yet have any orbital data. However, having access to such a tool can greatly aid scientists as they discover the new capabilities that JWST will provide. Recently, the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) ETC was redesigned and we leveraged this experience and the knowledge gained to implement a prototype ETC for a limited set of JWST observing modes.
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