JWST science exploitation - preparation activities

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leicester
Department Name: Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

This grant will fund staff at the University of Leicester (UL), to undertake tasks in preparation for science exploitation of JWST data from the GTO and GO Cycle-1 observations. The two UL personnel are key members of MIRI-EC GTO teams and the large GO1 extragalactic survey programme 'PRIMER'. The funding will support preparatory work that we need to engage in to ensure readiness to analyse the GTO and GO1 data. This preparation work will be undertaken through to ~early-2023 (i.e. through the period of the first observing cycle during which the relevant observations will be made), including configuration, further development, optimisation and test, of reduction and analysis software pipelines and individual processing tools.
[JWST = James Webb Space Telescope; GTO = Guaranteed Time Observation; GO = General Observer; MIRI = Mid-InfraRed Instrument; EC = European Consortium.]

Publications

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Description This grant enabled participation in preparations for the scientific observing programme of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which started in c.June 2022, following the JWST launch on 25th December 2021. The world-leading science is now being published.
Exploitation Route All science data become public no later than 1 year after the observations have been made and processed.
Sectors Education

Culture

Heritage

Museums and Collections

Other

 
Description The science results are of wide interest to the general public, and are frequently used in the media and for talks and presentations.
First Year Of Impact 2022
Sector Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Other
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description JWST MIRI European Consortium 
Organisation Airbus Group
Department Airbus Defence & Space
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution 1. a MIRI EC and UK co-investigator 2. the MIRI EC mechanical systems lead; 3. provision of MIRI Primary Structure; 4. support for MIRI calibration & test; 5. contributions to MIRI project management; 6. contributions to MIRI Science Team activities.
Collaborator Contribution collaborative development of MIRI
Impact 1. MIRI STM, VM, FM; 2. scientific contributions to MIRI Guaranteed-Time proposals; 3. continued study and development of force-limited vibration testing.
 
Description JWST MIRI European Consortium 
Organisation Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1. a MIRI EC and UK co-investigator 2. the MIRI EC mechanical systems lead; 3. provision of MIRI Primary Structure; 4. support for MIRI calibration & test; 5. contributions to MIRI project management; 6. contributions to MIRI Science Team activities.
Collaborator Contribution collaborative development of MIRI
Impact 1. MIRI STM, VM, FM; 2. scientific contributions to MIRI Guaranteed-Time proposals; 3. continued study and development of force-limited vibration testing.
 
Description JWST MIRI European Consortium 
Organisation UK Astronomy Technology Centre (ATC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution 1. a MIRI EC and UK co-investigator 2. the MIRI EC mechanical systems lead; 3. provision of MIRI Primary Structure; 4. support for MIRI calibration & test; 5. contributions to MIRI project management; 6. contributions to MIRI Science Team activities.
Collaborator Contribution collaborative development of MIRI
Impact 1. MIRI STM, VM, FM; 2. scientific contributions to MIRI Guaranteed-Time proposals; 3. continued study and development of force-limited vibration testing.
 
Description JWST article in 'The Conversation', Dec. 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Overview article on JWST, timed close to Launch
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://theconversation.com/james-webb-space-telescope-how-our-launch-of-worlds-most-complex-observa...
 
Description JWST display at British Festival of Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact JWST display at British Festival of Science (Leicester, Sep 2022)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description JWST display at NAM 2022 (Warwick) public science festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact JWST display, with a focus on MIRI, at the public science festival during NAM-2022 (Warwick).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description JWST early-release-observation event (National Space Centre) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact General public and media event for NASA/ESA/CSA release of first science data from JWST.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description JWST early-release-observation event (University of Leicester, Space Park Leicester) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact General public and media event for NASA/ESA/CSA release of first science data from JWST.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description JWST filmed talks for undergrad student project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact JWST-themed talks for a filming team from Manchester School of Screen and Film, as part of their undergrad student project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description JWST interview on ITV Central News, 26-Nov-2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview on JWST, close to Launch.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.itv.com/news/central/2021-11-26/leicester-school-children-among-the-first-to-visit-new-s...
 
Description JWST talk (x2) to school work-experience students 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Presentation, and informal chats, with 2 groups (each of about 40) of secondary-school students (mainly 16-18-year olds)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description JWST talk and display at Space Park Leicester (SPL), 26-Nov-2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact JWST talk (presented twice) and display as part of SPL community open day/evening.
Associated media coverage, including interview on ITV Central News, 26-Nov-2021
- https://www.itv.com/news/central/2021-11-26/leicester-school-children-among-the-first-to-visit-new-space-park
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description JWST talks at half-term events, National Space Centre (Leicester), Oct. 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact JWST talks as part of the half-term activities organised by NSC in Oct 2021. Event and talks attracted all age groups, and sparked many questions after the talks.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Space Park Leicester Community Events 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public 'open day/evening' events for the local community: included JWST display & talks
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022