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2007PASP..119..214J - Publ. Astron. Soc. Pac., 119, 214-227 (2007/February-0)

Celestial exoplanet survey occulter: a concept for direct imaging of extrasolar earth-like planets from the ground.


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We present a new concept for detecting and characterizing extrasolar planets down to Earth size or smaller through direct imaging. The New Worlds Observer (NWO) occulter developed by Cash and coworkers is placed in a particular geometrical setup in which fuel requirements are small and the occulter is used in combination with ground-based telescopes, presumably leading to an extreme cost efficiency compared to other concepts with similar science goals. We investigate the various aspects of the given geometry, such as the dynamics and radiation environment of the occulter, and construct a detailed example target list to ensure that an excellent science case can be maintained despite the limited sky coverage. It is found that more than 200 systems can be observed with two to three visits per system, using only a few tons of fuel. For each system, an Earth-sized planet with an Earth-like albedo can be found in the habitable zone in less than 2 hr.

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Journal keyword(s): Instrumentation: Miscellaneous - Stars: Planetary Systems

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