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The Microlensing Planet Finder: completing the census of extrasolar planets in the Milky Way
Author(s): David P. Bennett; Ian Bond; Edward Cheng; Scott Friedman; Peter Garnavich; B. Scott Gaudi; Ronald Gilliland; Andrew Gould; Matthew A. Greenhouse; Kim Griest; Randy A. Kimble; Jonathan I. Lunine; John C. Mather; Dante Minniti; Malcolm Niedner; Bohdan Paczynski; Stanton Peale; Bernard J. Rauscher; R. M. Rich; Kailash Sahu; Domenick Tenerelli; Andrzej Udalski; Neville Woolf; Phil Yock
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Paper Abstract

The Microlensing Planet Finder (MPF) is a proposed Discovery mission that will complete the first census of extrasolar planets with sensitivity to planets like those in our own solar system. MPF will employ a 1.1m aperture telescope, which images a 1.3 sq. deg. field-of-view in the near-IR, in order to detect extrasolar planets with the gravitational microlensing effect. MPF's sensitivity extends down to planets of 0.1 Earth masses, and MPF can detect Earth-like planets at all separations from 0.7AU to infinity. MPF's extrasolar planet census will provide critical information needed to understand the formation and frequency of extrasolar planetary systems similar to our own.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5487, Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes, (12 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551305
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David P. Bennett, Univ. of Notre Dame (United States)
Ian Bond, Massey Univ. (New Zealand)
Edward Cheng, Conceptual Analytics, LLC (United States)
Scott Friedman, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Peter Garnavich, Univ. of Notre Dame (United States)
B. Scott Gaudi, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Ronald Gilliland, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Andrew Gould, Ohio State Univ. (United States)
Matthew A. Greenhouse, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kim Griest, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)
Randy A. Kimble, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jonathan I. Lunine, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
John C. Mather, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Dante Minniti, Univ. Catolica de Chile (Chile)
Malcolm Niedner, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Bohdan Paczynski, Princeton Univ. (United States)
Stanton Peale, Univ. of California/Santa Barbara (United States)
Bernard J. Rauscher, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
R. M. Rich, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Kailash Sahu, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Domenick Tenerelli, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
Andrzej Udalski, Warsaw Univ. (Poland)
Neville Woolf, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Phil Yock, Univ. of Auckland (New Zealand)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5487:
Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes
John C. Mather, Editor(s)

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