29 July 2016 Initial technology assessment for the Large-Aperture UV-Optical-Infrared (LUVOIR) mission concept study
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The NASA Astrophysics Division’s 30-Year Roadmap prioritized a future large-aperture space telescope operating in the ultra-violet/optical/infrared wavelength regime. The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy envisioned a similar observatory, the High Definition Space Telescope. And a multi-institution group also studied the Advanced Technology Large Aperture Space Telescope. In all three cases, a broad science case is outlined, combining general astrophysics with the search for biosignatures via direct-imaging and spectroscopic characterization of habitable exoplanets. We present an initial technology assessment that enables such an observatory that is currently being studied for the 2020 Decadal Survey by the Large UV/Optical/Infrared (LUVOIR) surveyor Science and Technology Definition Team. We present here the technology prioritization for the 2016 technology cycle and define the required technology capabilities and current state-of-the-art performance. Current, planned, and recommended technology development efforts are also reported.
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Matthew R. Bolcar, Lee Feinberg, Kevin France, Bernard J. Rauscher, David Redding, David Schiminovich, "Initial technology assessment for the Large-Aperture UV-Optical-Infrared (LUVOIR) mission concept study", Proc. SPIE 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 99040J (29 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2230769; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2230769
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Coronagraphy

Sensors

Wavefronts

Mirrors

Space telescopes

Exoplanets

Electron multiplying charge coupled devices

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