ACCESS - A Concept Study for the Direct Imaging and Spectroscopy of Exoplanetary Systems

John Trauger, Karl Stapelfeldt, Wesley Traub, John Krist, Dwight Moody, Dimitri Mawet, Eugene Serabyn, Curt Henry, Paul Brugarolas, James Alexander, Robert Gappinger, Olivia Dawson, Virgil Mireles, Peggy Park, Laurent Pueyo, Stuart Shaklan, Olivier Guyon, Jeremy Kasdin, Robert Vanderbei, David SpergelRuslan Belikov, Geoff Marcy, Robert A. Brown, Jean Schneider, Bruce Woodgate, Robert Egerman, Gary Matthews, Jason Elias, Yves Conturie, Phillip Vallone, Perry Voyer, Ronald Polidan, Chuck Lillie, Constance Spittler, David Lee, Reem Hejal, Allen Bronowicki, Nick Saldivar, Mark Ealey, Thomas Price

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume7731
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 27 2010Jul 2 2010

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OtherSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period6/27/107/2/10

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Keywords

  • Active optics
  • Coronagraphs
  • Exoplanets
  • Space astronomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Trauger, J., Stapelfeldt, K., Traub, W., Krist, J., Moody, D., Mawet, D., ... Price, T. (2010). ACCESS - A Concept Study for the Direct Imaging and Spectroscopy of Exoplanetary Systems. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 7731). [773128] https://doi.org/10.1117/12.858301

ACCESS - A Concept Study for the Direct Imaging and Spectroscopy of Exoplanetary Systems. / Trauger, John; Stapelfeldt, Karl; Traub, Wesley; Krist, John; Moody, Dwight; Mawet, Dimitri; Serabyn, Eugene; Henry, Curt; Brugarolas, Paul; Alexander, James; Gappinger, Robert; Dawson, Olivia; Mireles, Virgil; Park, Peggy; Pueyo, Laurent; Shaklan, Stuart; Guyon, Olivier; Kasdin, Jeremy; Vanderbei, Robert; Spergel, David; Belikov, Ruslan; Marcy, Geoff; Brown, Robert A.; Schneider, Jean; Woodgate, Bruce; Egerman, Robert; Matthews, Gary; Elias, Jason; Conturie, Yves; Vallone, Phillip; Voyer, Perry; Polidan, Ronald; Lillie, Chuck; Spittler, Constance; Lee, David; Hejal, Reem; Bronowicki, Allen; Saldivar, Nick; Ealey, Mark; Price, Thomas.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 7731 2010. 773128.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Trauger, J, Stapelfeldt, K, Traub, W, Krist, J, Moody, D, Mawet, D, Serabyn, E, Henry, C, Brugarolas, P, Alexander, J, Gappinger, R, Dawson, O, Mireles, V, Park, P, Pueyo, L, Shaklan, S, Guyon, O, Kasdin, J, Vanderbei, R, Spergel, D, Belikov, R, Marcy, G, Brown, RA, Schneider, J, Woodgate, B, Egerman, R, Matthews, G, Elias, J, Conturie, Y, Vallone, P, Voyer, P, Polidan, R, Lillie, C, Spittler, C, Lee, D, Hejal, R, Bronowicki, A, Saldivar, N, Ealey, M & Price, T 2010, ACCESS - A Concept Study for the Direct Imaging and Spectroscopy of Exoplanetary Systems. in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 7731, 773128, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, San Diego, CA, United States, 6/27/10. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.858301
Trauger J, Stapelfeldt K, Traub W, Krist J, Moody D, Mawet D et al. ACCESS - A Concept Study for the Direct Imaging and Spectroscopy of Exoplanetary Systems. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 7731. 2010. 773128 https://doi.org/10.1117/12.858301
Trauger, John ; Stapelfeldt, Karl ; Traub, Wesley ; Krist, John ; Moody, Dwight ; Mawet, Dimitri ; Serabyn, Eugene ; Henry, Curt ; Brugarolas, Paul ; Alexander, James ; Gappinger, Robert ; Dawson, Olivia ; Mireles, Virgil ; Park, Peggy ; Pueyo, Laurent ; Shaklan, Stuart ; Guyon, Olivier ; Kasdin, Jeremy ; Vanderbei, Robert ; Spergel, David ; Belikov, Ruslan ; Marcy, Geoff ; Brown, Robert A. ; Schneider, Jean ; Woodgate, Bruce ; Egerman, Robert ; Matthews, Gary ; Elias, Jason ; Conturie, Yves ; Vallone, Phillip ; Voyer, Perry ; Polidan, Ronald ; Lillie, Chuck ; Spittler, Constance ; Lee, David ; Hejal, Reem ; Bronowicki, Allen ; Saldivar, Nick ; Ealey, Mark ; Price, Thomas. / ACCESS - A Concept Study for the Direct Imaging and Spectroscopy of Exoplanetary Systems. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 7731 2010.
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