From Event: SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications, 2017
The WFIRST mission was originally ended as a wide-field survey facility. With the change to a 2.4-m telescope, the mission is capable of carrying an effective coronagraph for exoplanet imaging. The baseline architecture allows use of a hybrid lyot or shaped pupil coronagraph, feeding a imager and integral field spectrograph. This will allow imaging and photometry of mature nearby planets and zodiacal disks in reflected light, as well as spectroscopy of the brightest targets. I will discuss the scientific motivations of the mission and show simulated science capabilities, and discuss the process towards definition of a science mission.
Bruce A. Macintosh, Margaret Turnbull, N. Jeremy Kasdin, John Debes, Tom Greene, Nikole Lewis, Mark Marley, Bijan Nemati, Aki Roberge, Tyler Robinson, Dmitry Savransky, and Chris Stark, "Science capabilities of the WFIRST coronagraph (Conference Presentation)," Proc. SPIE 10400, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VIII, 1040002 (Presented at SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications: August 08, 2017; Published: 19 September 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2276969.5581310004001.
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