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Technology requirements and development path for coronagraphic planet detection
Author(s): Roger P. Linfield
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Paper Abstract

Visible light coronagraphy from space is a promising technique for extrasolar planet detection and characterization. However, technology development in several areas is needed before a search for terrestrial planets is feasible with a coronagraph. The most challenging technologies appear to be: construction of 10 m scale, precision lightweight optics; millikelvin level control of temperature changes; and achieving reflectivity uniformity of 10-4 across all mirrors. Additional technical challenges include: wavefront sensing to the sub-angstrom level; precise, stable deformable mirrors; and construction of coronagraphic masks with accurate shape or transmission profile. The current status and suggested development path of these technologies will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4854, Future EUV/UV and Visible Space Astrophysics Missions and Instrumentation, (24 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.459825
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Roger P. Linfield, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4854:
Future EUV/UV and Visible Space Astrophysics Missions and Instrumentation
J. Chris Blades; Oswald H. W. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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