14 June 2006 The New Worlds Observer: using occulters to directly observe planets
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We discuss the progress that has been made in the understanding of the use of external occulters to observe exoplanetary systems. We show how a starshade can be designed and built in a practical and affordable manner to fully remove starlight and leave only planet light entering a telescope. When coupled to a powerful observatory like the James Webb Space Telescope, an occulter can extinguish the starlight and reveal basic details of the planetary systems around our closest, neighboring stars.
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W. Cash, W. Cash, E. Schindhelm, E. Schindhelm, J. Arenberg, J. Arenberg, R. Polidan, R. Polidan, S. Kilston, S. Kilston, C. Noecker, C. Noecker, "The New Worlds Observer: using occulters to directly observe planets", Proc. SPIE 6265, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 62651V (14 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672208; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.672208
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