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Newcomb: a scientific interferometry mission at low cost
Author(s): Robert D. Reasenberg; Robert W. Babcock; James D. Phillips; Kenneth J. Johnston; Richard S. Simon
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Paper Abstract

Newcomb is a design concept for an astrometric optical interferometer with nominal single-measurement accuracy of 100 microseconds of arc ((mu) as). In a 30-month mission life, it will make scientifically interesting measurements of O-star, RR Lyrae, and Cepheid distances, probe the dark matter in our Galaxy via parallax measurements of K giants in the disk, establish a reference grid with internal consistency better than 50 (mu) as, and lay groundwork for the larger optical interferometers that are expected to produce a profusion of scientific results during the next century. With an extended mission life, Newcomb could do a useful search for other planetary systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 June 1994
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2200, Amplitude and Intensity Spatial Interferometry II, (9 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.177239
Show Author Affiliations
Robert D. Reasenberg, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Robert W. Babcock, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
James D. Phillips, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Kenneth J. Johnston, U.S. Naval Observatory (United States)
Richard S. Simon, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2200:
Amplitude and Intensity Spatial Interferometry II
James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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