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Status of the Planet Formation Imager (PFI) concept
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Paper Abstract

The Planet Formation Imager (PFI) project aims to image the period of planet assembly directly, resolving structures as small as a giant planet's Hill sphere. These images will be required in order to determine the key mechanisms for planet formation at the time when processes of grain growth, protoplanet assembly, magnetic fields, disk/planet dynamical interactions and complex radiative transfer all interact - making some planetary systems habitable and others inhospitable. We will present the overall vision for the PFI concept, focusing on the key technologies and requirements that are needed to achieve the science goals. Based on these key requirements, we will define a cost envelope range for the design and highlight where the largest uncertainties lie at this conceptual stage.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 August 2016
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9907, Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging V, 99071L (4 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233926
Show Author Affiliations
Michael J. Ireland, Australian National Univ. (Australia)
John D. Monnier, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Stefan Kraus, Univ. of Exeter (United Kingdom)
Andrea Isella, Rice Univ. (United States)
Stefano Minardi, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (Germany)
Romain Petrov, Univ. Côte d'Azur, OCA, CNRS (France)
Theo ten Brummelaar, Georgia State Univ. (United States)
John Young, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Gautam Vasisht, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
David Mozurkewich, Seabrook Engineering (United States)
Stephen Rinehart, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ernest A. Michael, Univ. of Chile (Chile)
Gerard van Belle, Lowell Observatory (United States)
Julien Woillez, European Southern Observatory (Germany)


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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