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6 July 2018 Technology maturity for the habitable-zone exoplanet imaging observatory (HabEx) concept
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HabEx Architecture A is a 4m unobscured telescope mission concept optimized for direct imaging and spectroscopy of potentially habitable exoplanets, and also enables a wide range of general astrophysics science. The exoplanet detection and characterization drives the enabling core technologies. A hybrid starlight suppression approach of a starshade and coronagraph diversifies technology maturation risk. In this paper we assess these exoplanet-driven technologies, including elements of coronagraphs, starshades, mirrors, jitter mitigation, wavefront control, and detectors. By utilizing high technology readiness solutions where feasible, and identifying required technology development that can begin early, HabEx will be well positioned for assessment by the community in 2020 Astrophysics Decadal Survey.
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Rhonda Morgan, Keith Warfield, Gary Kuan, H. Phil P. Stahl, Bertrand Mennesson, Bala Balasubramanian, Dimitri Mawet, Shouleh Nikzad, Joel Nissen, Stuart Shaklan, Eugene Serabyn, Karl Stapelfeldt, and Steven Warwick "Technology maturity for the habitable-zone exoplanet imaging observatory (HabEx) concept", Proc. SPIE 10698, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 106980S (6 July 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2313845
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