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The Galactic Exoplanet Survey Telescope (GEST)
Author(s): David P. Bennett; John Bally; I. Bond; Ed Cheng; Kem Cook; Drake Deming; P. Garnavich; Kim Griest; David Jewitt; Nick Kaiser; Tod R. Lauer; Jonathan Lunine; Gerard Luppino; John C. Mather; Dante Minniti; Stanton J. Peale; Sun Hong Rhie; Jason Rhodes; Jean Schneider; George Sonneborn; Robert Stevenson; Christopher Stubbs; Domenick Tenerelli; Neville Woolf; Phillip Yock
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Paper Abstract

The Galactic Exoplanet Survey Telescope (GEST) will observe a 2 square degree field in the Galactic bulge to search for extra-solar planets using a gravitational lensing technique. This gravitational lensing technique is the only method employing currently available technology that can detect Earth-mass planets at high signal-to-noise, and can measure the abundance of terrestrial planets as a function of Galactic position. GEST's sensitivity extends down to the mass of Mars, and it can detect hundreds of terrestrial planets with semi-major axes ranging from 0.7 AU to infinity. GEST will be the first truly comprehensive survey of the Galaxy for planets like those in our own Solar System.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2003
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 4854, Future EUV/UV and Visible Space Astrophysics Missions and Instrumentation, (24 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.459816
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David P. Bennett, Univ. of Notre Dame (United States)
John Bally, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
I. Bond, Univ. of Auckland (New Zealand)
Ed Cheng, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (United States)
Kem Cook, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Drake Deming, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
P. Garnavich, Univ. of Notre Dame (United States)
Kim Griest, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)
David Jewitt, Univ. of Hawaii/Manoa (United States)
Nick Kaiser, Univ. of Hawaii/Manoa (United States)
Tod R. Lauer, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Jonathan Lunine, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Gerard Luppino, Univ. of Hawaii/Manoa (United States)
John C. Mather, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Dante Minniti, Pontifica Univ. Catolica de Chile (Chile)
Stanton J. Peale, Univ. of California/Santa Barbara (United States)
Sun Hong Rhie, Univ. of Notre Dame (United States)
Jason Rhodes, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jean Schneider, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
George Sonneborn, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Robert Stevenson, Univ. of Notre Dame (United States)
Christopher Stubbs, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Domenick Tenerelli, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
Neville Woolf, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Phillip Yock, Univ. of Auckland (New Zealand)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4854:
Future EUV/UV and Visible Space Astrophysics Missions and Instrumentation
J. Chris Blades; Oswald H. W. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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