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The path to interferometry in space
Author(s): S. A. Rinehart; G. Savini; W. Holland; O. Absil; D. Defrère; L. Spencer; D. Leisawitz; M. Rizzo; R. Juanola-Paramon; D. Mozurkewich
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Paper Abstract

For over two decades, astronomers have considered the possibilities for interferometry in space. The first of these missions was the Space Interferometry Mission (SIM), but that was followed by missions for studying exoplanets (e.g Terrestrial Planet Finder, Darwin), and then far-infrared interferometers (e.g. the Space Infrared Interferometric Telescope, the Far-Infrared Interferometer). Unfortunately, following the cancellation of SIM, the future for space-based interferometry has been in doubt, and the interferometric community needs to reevaluate the path forward. While interferometers have strong potential for scientific discovery, there are technological developments still needed, and continued maturation of techniques is important for advocacy to the broader astronomical community. We review the status of several concepts for space-based interferometry, and look for possible synergies between missions oriented towards different science goals.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 August 2016
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 9907, Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging V, 99070S (4 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231754
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S. A. Rinehart, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
G. Savini, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
W. Holland, Univ. of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
O. Absil, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
D. Defrère, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
L. Spencer, Univ. of Lethbridge (Canada)
D. Leisawitz, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
M. Rizzo, Univ. of Maryland (United States)
R. Juanola-Paramon, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
D. Mozurkewich, Seabrook Engineering (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9907:
Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging V
Fabien Malbet; Michelle J. Creech-Eakman; Peter G. Tuthill, Editor(s)

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