July 11th 2022, JWSTdelivered the deepest infrared image of the Universe yet.
The James Webb Telescope (JWST), the biggest space telescope ever built, launched on Christmas day 2021, will revolutionize astronomy and science in the same way than its predecessor Hubble did.
The James Webb Telescopes embarked the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) instrument for which AMOS manufactured various optics. MIRI is composed both of a camera and a spectrograph that see light in the mid-infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum, with wavelengths that are longer than our eyes see. MIRI’s camera will provide wide-field, broadband imaging that will continue the breathtaking astrophotography that has made Hubble so universally admired. The spectrograph will enable medium-resolution spectroscopy, providing new physical details of the distant objects it will observe.
AMOS delivered key optical components of this instrument: ten aspheric mirrors and two prisms for the imager of the instrument, and various flat and elliptical mirrors for the instrument itself. Those were integrated by our partners CSL (BE) and CEA (FR) into the instrument.
More to read on :
NASA news release
ESA news release
And about the MIRI instrument