Modeling Ultracool Brown Dwarfs with the James Webb Space Telescope
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:30pm
The Early Release Science (ERS) program has been created in order to give the scientific community access to the JWST science observations using the four instruments aboard as early as 2019 in Cycle 1 of the mission. The purpose of doing these initial observations, which will become immediately public, is to procure representative datasets and deal with technical challenges that may arise with the varying instrumental modes on JWST. The main goals to be accomplished for brown dwarfs through the ERS program include: a possible 20-30 hour proposal, obtaining mid-infrared spectroscopy and photometry of some representative brown dwarfs with a range of temperatures and surface gravities, enabling future larger proposals, test models, and to inform the interpretation of expensive exoplanet spectra. With these goals in mind, we are currently investing brown dwarfs of interest in the correct regions of the sky and modeling what we could expect to see using the MIRI IR Imaging Exposure Time Calculator (ETC).