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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing • Open Access

Extrasolar planet observatory on the far side of the moon

Paper Abstract

We define the simplest signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) to determine the optimal wavelength interval for extrasolar planet detection. We expand the width of the spectral region from infrared up to submillimeter range. For a nearby solar system similar to our own, we find that the SNR increases by about 100 in comparison to that considered previously. We propose the planet detection in a spectral interval around 0.3 mm (900 GHz), in which we evaluate the SNR to be 10–4. We perform trade-off analysis for alternative sites for the planet observatory, concluding that the far side of the moon offers a most favorable, atmosphere-free environment and a stable base.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 June 2014
PDF: 9 pages
J. Appl. Remote Sens. 8(1) 084982 doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.8.084982
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 8, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Marija Strojnik, Ctr. de Investigaciones en Óptica, A.C. (Mexico)
Michelle K. Scholl, Alenka Associates (United States)
Arizona State Univ. (United States)


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