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MESSIER: exploring the ultra-low surface brightness universe with a curved focal plane based satellite
Author(s): S. Lombardo; E. Muslimov; D. Valls-Gabaud; E. Hugot; G. Lemaître; M. Roulet; M. Ferrari; K. Joaquina

Paper Abstract

The extremely low surface brightness sensitivity required to observe the ultra-low-surface brightness universe lead us to propose MESSIER, a space mission designed to drift-scan the entire sky in 6 filters covering the 200-1000 nm range and reaching unprecedented surface brightness levels of 34 and 37 mag arcsec2 in the optical and UV, respectively. Here, we present the ground-based MESSIER pathfinder aimed at testing several breakthrough technologies involved (e.g. curved detectors) and carrying out observations. We present here a detailed analysis of the optical quality achievable through photon Monte Carlo simulations of the system, including atmospheric effects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2019
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 11180, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2018, 111802W (12 July 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2536023
Show Author Affiliations
S. Lombardo, Aix Marseille Univ., CNES, LAM, CNRS (France)
E. Muslimov, Aix Marseille Univ., CNES, LAM, CNRS (France)
D. Valls-Gabaud, Observatoire de Paris (France)
E. Hugot, Aix Marseille Univ., CNES, LAM, CNRS (France)
G. Lemaître, Aix Marseille Univ., CNES, LAM, CNRS (France)
M. Roulet, Aix Marseille Univ., CNES, LAM, CNRS (France)
M. Ferrari, Aix Marseille Univ., CNES, LAM, CNRS (France)
K. Joaquina, Aix Marseille Univ., CNES, LAM, CNRS (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11180:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2018
Zoran Sodnik; Nikos Karafolas; Bruno Cugny, Editor(s)

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