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An evaluation of the effects of non-uniform exo-zodiacal dust distributions on planetary observations
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Paper Abstract

As the push for a dedicated direct exoplanet imaging mission intensifies, and numerous mission concepts are drafted and refined, a growing concern has been that not enough attention has been paid to the effects of exozodiacal light. As most mission simulations have assumed uniform or smoothly varying exozodi levels, there exists a danger that a potential future planet imager will be unable to succeed in its mission due to 'clumped' exozodi. We have used our existing framework for evaluating the capabilities of direct planet imagers to simulate the effects of non-uniform exozodi on mission outcomes, including modeling the increased integration time that may be required, and the possibility of increased false positives.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 August 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7440, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets IV, 744015 (19 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.825497
Show Author Affiliations
Dmitry Savransky, Princeton Univ. (United States)
N. Jeremy Kasdin, Princeton Univ. (United States)
Robert J. Vanderbei, Princeton Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7440:
Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets IV
Stuart B. Shaklan, Editor(s)

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