28 August 1998 Searching for exozodiacal discs with a rotation shearing interferometer for NGST
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Abstract
The detection of exo-Zodiacal discs is an important step in the NASA program for the detection of exo-solar planets, in particular, the detection of earth-like planets. We show that by incorporating a nulling interferometer NGST would be very well suited to study exo-zodiacal disks in nearby stars. Over 400 stars could be surveyed and at least 40 could be resolved such that structural parameters on the 2-3 AU scale could be measured. This can be done within the existing optical NGST design but demands a wavefront RMS error less than (lambda) /100 at 10 micron in order to assure a wavefront cancellation of 1000. In addition, a new concept for an off-axis NGST design is discussed.
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Richard Burg, Richard Burg, Pierre Y. Bely, Pierre Y. Bely, Larry Petro, Larry Petro, Jean Gay, Jean Gay, Yves Rabbia, Yves Rabbia, Pierre Baudoz, Pierre Baudoz, David C. Redding, David C. Redding, Charles M. Perrygo, Charles M. Perrygo, } "Searching for exozodiacal discs with a rotation shearing interferometer for NGST", Proc. SPIE 3356, Space Telescopes and Instruments V, (28 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.324480; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.324480
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