14 July 2008 ACCESS: a NASA mission concept study of an Actively Corrected Coronagraph for Exoplanet System Studies
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ACCESS (Actively-Corrected Coronagraph for Exoplanet System Studies) develops the science and engineering case for an investigation of exosolar giant planets, super-earths, exo-earths, and dust/debris fields that would be accessible to a medium-scale NASA mission. The study begins with the observation that coronagraph architectures of all types (other than the external occulter) call for an exceptionally stable telescope and spacecraft, as well as active wavefront correction with one or more deformable mirrors (DMs). During the study, the Lyot, shaped pupil, PIAA, and a number of other coronagraph architectures will all be evaluated on a level playing field that considers science capability (including contrast at the inner working angle (IWA), throughput efficiency, and spectral bandwidth), engineering readiness (including maturity of technology, instrument complexity, and sensitivity to wavefront errors), and mission cost so that a preferred coronagraph architecture can be selected and developed for a medium-class mission.
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John Trauger, John Trauger, Karl Stapelfeldt, Karl Stapelfeldt, Wesley Traub, Wesley Traub, Curt Henry, Curt Henry, John Krist, John Krist, Dimitri Mawet, Dimitri Mawet, Dwight Moody, Dwight Moody, Peggy Park, Peggy Park, Laurent Pueyo, Laurent Pueyo, Eugene Serabyn, Eugene Serabyn, Stuart Shaklan, Stuart Shaklan, Olivier Guyon, Olivier Guyon, Jeremy Kasdin, Jeremy Kasdin, David Spergel, David Spergel, Robert Vanderbei, Robert Vanderbei, Ruslan Belikov, Ruslan Belikov, Geoffrey Marcy, Geoffrey Marcy, Robert A. Brown, Robert A. Brown, Jean Schneider, Jean Schneider, Bruce Woodgate, Bruce Woodgate, Gary Matthews, Gary Matthews, Robert Egerman, Robert Egerman, Ronald Polidan, Ronald Polidan, Charles Lillie, Charles Lillie, Mark Ealey, Mark Ealey, Thomas Price, Thomas Price, } "ACCESS: a NASA mission concept study of an Actively Corrected Coronagraph for Exoplanet System Studies", Proc. SPIE 7010, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 701029 (14 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789119; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.789119
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