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The New Worlds Observer: using occulters to directly observe planets
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Paper Abstract

We discuss the progress that has been made in the understanding of the use of external occulters to observe exoplanetary systems. We show how a starshade can be designed and built in a practical and affordable manner to fully remove starlight and leave only planet light entering a telescope. When coupled to a powerful observatory like the James Webb Space Telescope, an occulter can extinguish the starlight and reveal basic details of the planetary systems around our closest, neighboring stars.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 June 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6265, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 62651V (14 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672208
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W. Cash, Univ. of Colorado (United States)
E. Schindhelm, Univ. of Colorado (United States)
J. Arenberg, Northrop-Grumman (United States)
R. Polidan, Northrop-Grumman (United States)
S. Kilston, Ball Aerospace (United States)
C. Noecker, Ball Aerospace (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6265:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter
John C. Mather; Howard A. MacEwen; Mattheus W. M. de Graauw, Editor(s)

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