High-contrast imaging can find and characterize gas giant planets around nearby young stars and the closest M stars, complementing radial velocity and astrometrie searches by exploring orbital separations inaccessible to indirect methods. Ground-based coronagraphs are already probing within 25 AU of nearby young stars to find objects as small as ∼3 MJup. This paper contrasts near-term and future ground-based capabilities with high-contrast imaging modes of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Monte Carlo modeling reveals that JWST can detect planets with masses as small as 0.2 MJup across a broad range of orbital separations. We present new calculations for planet brightness as a function of mass and age for specific JWSTfilters and extending to 0.1 MJup.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||39|
|Journal||Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific|
|State||Published - Feb 2010|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science