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3 March 2003 ExPO: a Discovery-class apodized square aperture (ASA) extrasolar planet observatory
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The Extrasolar Planet Observatory (ExPO) is envisioned as a Discovery-class space telescope for the direct detection and characterization of extra-solar planets. ExPO would also demonstrate the feasibility of a number of technologies which could be critical to the ultimate success of the Terrestrial Planet Finder mission. ExPO would detect a wide range of planet types in the visible and near IR, and do spectrophotometry and spectroscopy on many of the detected objects. The apoodized square aperture coronagraphic space telescope is designed to resolve faint companions near much brighter point-like sources by achieving very high dynamic range imaging at separations as small as 0.1 arcsec.
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Daniel Y. Gezari, Peter Nisenson, Costas D. Papaliolios, Gary J. Melnick, Richard G. Lyon, Martin Harwit, Stephen T. Ridgway, and Robert A. Woodruff "ExPO: a Discovery-class apodized square aperture (ASA) extrasolar planet observatory", Proc. SPIE 4860, High-Contrast Imaging for Exo-Planet Detection, (3 March 2003);

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