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Visible light Terrestrial Planet Finder: planet detection and spectroscopy by nulling interferometry with a single aperture telescope
Author(s): Bruce Martin Levine; Michael Shao; Charles A. Beichman; Bertrand P. Mennesson; Rhonda M. Morgan; Glenn S. Orton; Eugene Serabyn; Stephen C. Unwin; T. Velusamy; Neville J. Woolf
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Paper Abstract

Planet detection around a bright star is dependent on the resolution of the imaging system and the degree of light suppression of the star relative to the planet. We present a concept and a scaled precursor for a visible light Terrestrial Planet Finding (VTPF) mission. Its major feature is an imaging system for planet detection using a nulling interferometer behind a single aperture telescope. This configuration is capable of detecting earth-like planets with a 4m aperture using both imaging and spectroscopic imaging modes. We will describe the principles of the system, and show results of studies demonstrating its feasibility.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 February 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4852, Interferometry in Space, (26 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.460925
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Bruce Martin Levine, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Michael Shao, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Charles A. Beichman, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Bertrand P. Mennesson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Rhonda M. Morgan, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Glenn S. Orton, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Eugene Serabyn, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Stephen C. Unwin, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
T. Velusamy, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Neville J. Woolf, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4852:
Interferometry in Space
Michael Shao, Editor(s)

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