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Science with an 8-meter to 16-meter optical/UV space telescope
Author(s): Marc Postman; Tom Brown; Anton Koekemoer; Mauro Giavalisco; Stephen Unwin; Wesley Traub; Daniela Calzetti; William Oegerle; Michael Shull; Steve Kilston; H. Phillip Stahl
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Paper Abstract

A key component of our 2008 NASA Astrophysics Strategic Mission Concept Study entitled "An Advanced Technology Large-Aperture Space Telescope: A Technology Roadmap for the Next Decade" is the identification of the astrophysics that can be uniquely accomplished using a filled, large-aperture UV/optical space telescope with an angular resolution 5 - 10 times better than JWST. We summarize here four research areas that are amongst the prime drivers for such an advanced astronomical facility: 1) the detection of habitability and bio-signatures on terrestrial mass exoplanets, 2) the reconstruction of the detailed history of the assembly of stellar mass in the local universe, 3) establishing the mass function and characterizing the accretion environments of supermassive black holes out to redshifts of z ~ 7, and 4) the precise determination of growth of structure in the universe by kinematic mapping of the dark matter halos of galaxies as functions of time and environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7010, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 701021 (12 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.787881
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Marc Postman, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Tom Brown, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Anton Koekemoer, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Mauro Giavalisco, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst (United States)
Stephen Unwin, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Wesley Traub, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Daniela Calzetti, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst (United States)
William Oegerle, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Michael Shull, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (United States)
Steve Kilston, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
H. Phillip Stahl, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7010:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter
Jacobus M. Oschmann Jr.; Mattheus W. M. de Graauw; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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