5 September 2017 The Large UV/Optical/Infrared Surveyor (LUVOIR): Decadal Mission concept design update
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In preparation for the 2020 Astrophysics Decadal Survey, NASA has commissioned the study of four large mission concepts, including the Large Ultraviolet / Optical / Infrared (LUVOIR) Surveyor. The LUVOIR Science and Technology Definition Team (STDT) has identified a broad range of science objectives including the direct imaging and spectral characterization of habitable exoplanets around sun-like stars, the study of galaxy formation and evolution, the epoch of reionization, star and planet formation, and the remote sensing of Solar System bodies. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is providing the design and engineering support to develop executable and feasible mission concepts that are capable of the identified science objectives. We present an update on the first of two architectures being studied: a 15- meter-diameter segmented-aperture telescope with a suite of serviceable instruments operating over a range of wavelengths between 100 nm to 2.5 μm. Four instruments are being developed for this architecture: an optical / near-infrared coronagraph capable of 10-10 contrast at inner working angles as small as 2 λ/D; the LUVOIR UV Multi-object Spectrograph (LUMOS), which will provide low- and medium-resolution UV (100 – 400 nm) multi-object imaging spectroscopy in addition to far-UV imaging; the High Definition Imager (HDI), a high-resolution wide-field-of-view NUV-Optical-IR imager; and a UV spectro-polarimeter being contributed by Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES). A fifth instrument, a multi-resolution optical-NIR spectrograph, is planned as part of a second architecture to be studied in late 2017.
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Matthew R. Bolcar, Steve Aloezos, Vincent T. Bly, Christine Collins, Julie Crooke, Courtney D. Dressing, Lou Fantano, Lee D. Feinberg, Kevin France, Gene Gochar, Qian Gong, Jason E. Hylan, Andrew Jones, Irving Linares, Marc Postman, Laurent Pueyo, Aki Roberge, Lia Sacks, Steven Tompkins, Garrett West, "The Large UV/Optical/Infrared Surveyor (LUVOIR): Decadal Mission concept design update", Proc. SPIE 10398, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VIII, 1039809 (5 September 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2273848; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2273848
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