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Planetary Imaging Concept Testbed Using a Recoverable Experiment–Coronagraph (PICTURE C)
Author(s): Timothy Cook; Kerri Cahoy; Supriya Chakrabarti; Ewan Douglas; Susanna C. Finn; Marc J. Kuchner; Nikole K. Lewis; Anne Marinan; Jason Martel; Dimitri Mawet; Benjamin Mazin; Seth R. Meeker; Christopher Mendillo; Gene Serabyn; David Stuchlik; Mark Swain

Paper Abstract

An exoplanet mission based on a high-altitude balloon is a next logical step in humanity’s quest to explore Earthlike planets in Earthlike orbits orbiting Sunlike stars. The mission described here is capable of spectrally imaging debris disks and exozodiacal light around a number of stars spanning a range of infrared excesses, stellar types, and ages. The mission is designed to characterize the background near those stars, to study the disks themselves, and to look for planets in those systems. The background light scattered and emitted from the disk is a key uncertainty in the mission design of any exoplanet direct imaging mission, thus, its characterization is critically important for future imaging of exoplanets.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 2015
PDF: 7 pages
J. Ast. Inst. Sys. 1(4) 044001 doi: 10.1117/1.JATIS.1.4.044001
Published in: Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems Volume 1, Issue 4
Show Author Affiliations
Timothy Cook, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Kerri Cahoy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Supriya Chakrabarti, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Ewan Douglas, Boston Univ. (United States)
Susanna C. Finn, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Marc J. Kuchner, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Nikole K. Lewis, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Anne Marinan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Jason Martel, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Dimitri Mawet, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Benjamin Mazin, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Seth R. Meeker, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Christopher Mendillo, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Gene Serabyn, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
David Stuchlik, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Mark Swain, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


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