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Occulting ozone observatory ability to discover and locate single and multiple Earth-like planets in habitable zones
Author(s): Steven H. Pravdo; Stuart B. Shaklan; P. Douglas Lisman
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Paper Abstract

We present a study of the Occulting Ozone Observatory performance in observations of potential Earth-like planets around nearby solar-like stars. We use Monte Carlo techniques to simulate planetary systems and with assumptions about the signal-to-noise performance of the instrument we determine the significance of planetary system parameter determinations--for example, can we conclude that a particular planet's semi-major axis (SMA) is in the star's habitable zone? In addition to studying the dependence of the SMA determination on the number of observations and detections, we present results on the ability to disentangle and analyze the data from two-planet systems.

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Date Published: 10 August 2010
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7731, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 77314Z (10 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.858300
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Steven H. Pravdo, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Stuart B. Shaklan, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
P. Douglas Lisman, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7731:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Jacobus M. Oschmann Jr.; Mark C. Clampin; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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