20 August 2009 Science performance of the Pupil-mapping Exoplanet Coronagraphic Observer (PECO)
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Proceedings Volume 7440, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets IV; 74400G (2009); doi: 10.1117/12.826608
Event: SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications, 2009, San Diego, California, United States
Abstract
The Pupil-mapping Exoplanet Coronagraphic Observer (PECO) medium-class mission concept is a 1.4-m space-based optical telescope with a high-performance Phase-Induced Amplitude Apodization (PIAA) coronagraph. PECO detects and characterizes exoplanets and their host systems at 2 λ/D (0.15") separation at high contrast (~1e-10). The optical design images in 16 filter bands from 400-800 nm, producing simultaneous low-resolution target spectra. PECO will characterize terrestrial planets in the habitable zones of ~20 nearby F, G, K stars at spectral resolution of R~15, as well as over a dozen radial-velocity planets and over a hundred gas giants and exozodiacal dust disks. We discuss PECO's expected science performance and simulated data products over its three-year mission lifetime.
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Kerri Cahoy, Olivier Guyon, Glenn Schneider, Mark Marley, Ruslan Belikov, Michael Meyer, Stephen Ridgway, Wesley Traub, Neville Woolf, "Science performance of the Pupil-mapping Exoplanet Coronagraphic Observer (PECO)", Proc. SPIE 7440, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets IV, 74400G (20 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.826608; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.826608
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