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Space telescopes for exoplanet transit spectroscopy
Author(s): Alan J. Penny; Bruce Miles Swinyard; Kevin M. Smith; Hans-Joerg Deeg; Keith D. Horne
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Paper Abstract

The atmospheres of planets orbiting other stars may be studied by the technique of transit spectroscopy. This technique needs a very high SNR, so large space telescopes are needed, and bright target stars must be found. This paper uses planetary atmosphere models to discuss the SNR performance required to achieve specific science goals for both giant Jupiter-like planets and for small Earth-like planets. It discusses the space telescopes to survey bright stars to find suitable target stars, and the designs of large space telescopes to perform the transit spectroscopy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5487, Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes, (12 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.549376
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Alan J. Penny, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Bruce Miles Swinyard, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Kevin M. Smith, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Hans-Joerg Deeg, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain)
Keith D. Horne, Univ. of St. Andrews (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5487:
Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes
John C. Mather, Editor(s)

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