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Architecture selection and optimization for planet-finding interferometers
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A number of stellar systems that can be searched for presence of Earth-like planets in a given mission lifetime is a key figure of merit for planet hunting stellar interferometers. We have developed a method to calculate the number of stellar systems that can be searched and characterized. Using this method we have evaluated the performance of a number of architectures. We conclude that simpler second-order null architectures outperform more complicated fourth-order null architectures. We also quantify the advantages of the variable length formation-flying configurations vs. fixed length structurally connected configurations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5491, New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry, (20 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.552256
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Serge Dubovitsky, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Oliver P. Lay, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5491:
New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry
Wesley A. Traub, Editor(s)

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