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ACCESS: a concept study for the direct imaging and spectroscopy of exoplanetary systems
Author(s): John Trauger; Karl Stapelfeldt; Wesley Traub; John Krist; Dwight Moody; Dimitri Mawet; Eugene Serabyn; Curtis Henry; Paul Brugarolas; James Alexander; Robert Gappinger; Olivia Dawson; Virgil Mireles; Peggy Park; Laurent Pueyo; Stuart Shaklan; Olivier Guyon; Jeremy Kasdin; Robert Vanderbei; David Spergel; Ruslan Belikov; Geoffrey Marcy; Robert A. Brown; Jean Schneider; Bruce Woodgate; Robert Egerman; Gary Matthews; Jason Elias; Yves Conturie; Phillip Vallone; Perry Voyer; Ronald Polidan; Charles Lillie; Constance Spittler; David Lee; Reem Hejal; Allen Bronowicki; Nick Saldivar; Mark Ealey; Thomas Price
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Paper Abstract

ACCESS is one of four medium-class mission concepts selected for study in 2008-9 by NASA's Astrophysics Strategic Mission Concepts Study program. ACCESS evaluates a space observatory designed for extreme high-contrast imaging and spectroscopy of exoplanetary systems. An actively-corrected coronagraph is used to suppress the glare of diffracted and scattered starlight to contrast levels required for exoplanet imaging. The ACCESS study considered the relative merits and readiness of four major coronagraph types, and modeled their performance with a NASA medium-class space telescope. The ACCESS study asks: What is the most capable medium-class coronagraphic mission that is possible with telescope, instrument, and spacecraft technologies available today? Using demonstrated high-TRL technologies, the ACCESS science program surveys the nearest 120+ AFGK stars for exoplanet systems, and surveys the majority of those for exozodiacal dust to the level of 1 zodi at 3 AU. Coronagraph technology developments in the coming year are expected to further enhance the science reach of the ACCESS mission concept.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 2010
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 7731, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 773128 (6 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.858301
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John Trauger, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Karl Stapelfeldt, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Wesley Traub, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
John Krist, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Dwight Moody, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Dimitri Mawet, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Eugene Serabyn, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Curtis Henry, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Paul Brugarolas, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
James Alexander, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Robert Gappinger, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Olivia Dawson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Virgil Mireles, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Peggy Park, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Laurent Pueyo, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Stuart Shaklan, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Olivier Guyon, Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (United States)
The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Jeremy Kasdin, Princeton Univ. (United States)
Robert Vanderbei, Princeton Univ. (United States)
David Spergel, Princeton Univ. (United States)
Ruslan Belikov, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Geoffrey Marcy, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Robert A. Brown, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Jean Schneider, Observatoire de Paris à Meudon (France)
Bruce Woodgate, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Robert Egerman, ITT Corp. (United States)
Gary Matthews, ITT Corp. (United States)
Jason Elias, ITT Corp. (United States)
Yves Conturie, ITT Corp. (United States)
Phillip Vallone, ITT Corp. (United States)
Perry Voyer, ITT Corp. (United States)
Ronald Polidan, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
Charles Lillie, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
Constance Spittler, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
David Lee, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
Reem Hejal, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
Allen Bronowicki, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
Nick Saldivar, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
Mark Ealey, Northrop Grumman Xinetics (United States)
Thomas Price, Northrop Grumman Xinetics (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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