Telescope to Observe Planetary Systems (TOPS): A high throughput 1.2-m visible telescope with a small inner working angle

Olivier Guyon, J Roger P Angel, Charles Bowers, James H Burge, Adam Burrows, Johanan Codona, Thomas Greene, Masanori Iye, James Kasting, Hubert Martin, Donald W Mccarthy, Victoria Meadows, Michael Meyer, Eugene A. Pluzhnik, Norman Sleep, Tony Spears, Motohide Tamura, Domenick Tenerelli, Robert Vanderbei, Bruce WoodgateRobert A. Woodruff, Neville J. Woolf

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Abstract

The Telescope to Observe Planetary Systems (TOPS) is a proposed space mission to image in the visible (0.4-0.9μzm) planetary systems of nearby stars simultaneously in 16 spectral bands (resolution R≈20). For the ≈10 most favorable stars, it will have the sensitivity to discover 2RE rocky planets within habitable zones and characterize their surfaces or atmospheres through spectrophotometry. Many more massive planets and debris discs will be imaged and characterized for the first time. With a 1.2m visible telescope, the proposed mission achieves its power by exploiting the most efficient and robust coronagraphic and wavefront control techniques. The Phase-Induced Amplitude Apodization (PIAA) coronagraph used by TOPS allows planet detection at 2λ/d with nearly 100% throughput and preserves the telescope angular resolution. An efficient focal plane wavefront sensing scheme accurately measures wavefront aberrations which are fed back to the telescope active primary mirror. Fine wavefront control is also performed independently in each of 4 spectral channels, resulting in a system that is robust to wavefront chromaticity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume6265 I
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: May 24 2006May 31 2006

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OtherSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period5/24/065/31/06

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planetary systems
Wavefronts
Telescopes
Throughput
telescopes
Planets
planets
Stars
planet detection
stars
apodization
coronagraphs
space missions
spectral bands
spectrophotometry
angular resolution
debris
Spectrophotometry
Antenna feeders
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Keywords

  • Adaptive Optics
  • Coronagraphy
  • Exoplanets
  • Space Telescopes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Guyon, O., Angel, J. R. P., Bowers, C., Burge, J. H., Burrows, A., Codona, J., ... Woolf, N. J. (2006). Telescope to Observe Planetary Systems (TOPS): A high throughput 1.2-m visible telescope with a small inner working angle. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 6265 I). [62651R] https://doi.org/10.1117/12.672498

Telescope to Observe Planetary Systems (TOPS) : A high throughput 1.2-m visible telescope with a small inner working angle. / Guyon, Olivier; Angel, J Roger P; Bowers, Charles; Burge, James H; Burrows, Adam; Codona, Johanan; Greene, Thomas; Iye, Masanori; Kasting, James; Martin, Hubert; Mccarthy, Donald W; Meadows, Victoria; Meyer, Michael; Pluzhnik, Eugene A.; Sleep, Norman; Spears, Tony; Tamura, Motohide; Tenerelli, Domenick; Vanderbei, Robert; Woodgate, Bruce; Woodruff, Robert A.; Woolf, Neville J.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 6265 I 2006. 62651R.

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

Guyon, O, Angel, JRP, Bowers, C, Burge, JH, Burrows, A, Codona, J, Greene, T, Iye, M, Kasting, J, Martin, H, Mccarthy, DW, Meadows, V, Meyer, M, Pluzhnik, EA, Sleep, N, Spears, T, Tamura, M, Tenerelli, D, Vanderbei, R, Woodgate, B, Woodruff, RA & Woolf, NJ 2006, Telescope to Observe Planetary Systems (TOPS): A high throughput 1.2-m visible telescope with a small inner working angle. in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 6265 I, 62651R, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, Orlando, FL, United States, 5/24/06. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.672498
Guyon O, Angel JRP, Bowers C, Burge JH, Burrows A, Codona J et al. Telescope to Observe Planetary Systems (TOPS): A high throughput 1.2-m visible telescope with a small inner working angle. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 6265 I. 2006. 62651R https://doi.org/10.1117/12.672498
Guyon, Olivier ; Angel, J Roger P ; Bowers, Charles ; Burge, James H ; Burrows, Adam ; Codona, Johanan ; Greene, Thomas ; Iye, Masanori ; Kasting, James ; Martin, Hubert ; Mccarthy, Donald W ; Meadows, Victoria ; Meyer, Michael ; Pluzhnik, Eugene A. ; Sleep, Norman ; Spears, Tony ; Tamura, Motohide ; Tenerelli, Domenick ; Vanderbei, Robert ; Woodgate, Bruce ; Woodruff, Robert A. ; Woolf, Neville J. / Telescope to Observe Planetary Systems (TOPS) : A high throughput 1.2-m visible telescope with a small inner working angle. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 6265 I 2006.
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