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Weighing supermassive black holes with the UV photon sieve space telescope
Author(s): Vladimir Airapetian; Robert S. Upton; Joseph Davila; Marzouk Marzouk; Kenneth G. Carpenter; Kimberly Weaver

Paper Abstract

The Photon Sieve Space Telescope (PSST) is a space-based ultra high-resolution (5 mas) narrow band (λ/Δλ ≃ 1000) spectral UV imager providing spectral imaging of astronomical objects in Ly - ∝, CIV and NV emission lines. Science obtained with this telescope will revolutionize our understanding of a whole range of astrophysical processes in the local and distant universe. There will be a dramatic increase in the number of observed moderate and large SMBH masses as well as extra-solar protoplanetary disks. The observations will also enable tracing the star formation rates in active galaxies. We present the optical design, the properties and the future implementation of the proposed UV photon sieve space telescope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 November 2017
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10564, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2012, 105643R (20 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2309025
Show Author Affiliations
Vladimir Airapetian, Sigma Space Corp. (United States)
Robert S. Upton, Sigma Space Corp. (United States)
Joseph Davila, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Marzouk Marzouk, Sigma Space Corp. (United States)
Kenneth G. Carpenter, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kimberly Weaver, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10564:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2012
Bruno Cugny; Errico Armandillo; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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