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Searching for zodiacal disks with SIM
Author(s): Torsten Boeker; Ronald J. Allen
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Paper Abstract

We present results from simulations of the imaging mode of the Space Interferometry Mission (SIM). In particular, we derive the SIM performance for imaging zodiacal disks around solar-type stars. We find that: Zodiacal disks like the one in our solar systems can not be imaged with SIM in a reasonable amount of time; However, SIM can detect and image systems with at least 100 times the solar dust content at distances between 100 pc and several kpc in about 5 hrs, provided that the nulling efficiency lives up to expectations; SIM performs better if the system is more distant because of the fading of the central star; The maximum distance for disk detection depends only on the size of the disk.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3350, Astronomical Interferometry, (24 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317180
Show Author Affiliations
Torsten Boeker, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Ronald J. Allen, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3350:
Astronomical Interferometry
Robert D. Reasenberg, Editor(s)

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