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Extrasolar-system planet detection problem: radiometric signal and resolution considerations
Author(s): Gonzalo Paez; Marija S. Scholl
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Paper Abstract

Blackbody radiation laws for photons and the simple power transfer equation are used to calculate the number of photons originating at a representative nearby solar system and incident on a unit area collecting aperture near Earth. The signal due to the planet is prohibitively small in comparison with that due to a star. The radiometric signal- to-noise ratio of 10-5 necessitates an indirect, non-imaging detection scheme, such as interferometry, that searches for a single spatial frequency corresponding to the star-planet vector distance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 June 1996
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2744, Infrared Technology and Applications XXII, (27 June 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.243524
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Gonzalo Paez, Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (Mexico)
Marija S. Scholl, Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (Mexico)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2744:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXII
Bjorn F. Andresen; Marija S. Scholl, Editor(s)

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