24 July 1998 Searching for zodiacal disks with SIM
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We present results from simulations of the imaging mode of the Space Interferometry Mission (SIM). In particular, we derive the SIM performance for imaging zodiacal disks around solar-type stars. We find that: Zodiacal disks like the one in our solar systems can not be imaged with SIM in a reasonable amount of time; However, SIM can detect and image systems with at least 100 times the solar dust content at distances between 100 pc and several kpc in about 5 hrs, provided that the nulling efficiency lives up to expectations; SIM performs better if the system is more distant because of the fading of the central star; The maximum distance for disk detection depends only on the size of the disk.
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Torsten Boeker, Torsten Boeker, Ronald J. Allen, Ronald J. Allen, } "Searching for zodiacal disks with SIM", Proc. SPIE 3350, Astronomical Interferometry, (24 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317180; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.317180
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