10 August 2016 Science yield modeling with the Exoplanet Open-Source Imaging Mission Simulator (EXOSIMS)
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We report on our ongoing development of EXOSIMS and mission simulation results for WFIRST. We present the interface control and the modular structure of the software, along with corresponding prototypes and class definitions for some of the software modules. More specifically, we focus on describing the main steps of our high-fidelity mission simulator EXOSIMS, i.e., the completeness, optical system and zodiacal light modules definition, the target list module filtering, and the creation of a planet population within our simulated universe module. For the latter, we introduce the integration of a recent mass-radius model from the FORECASTER software. We also provide custom modules dedicated to WFIRST using both the Hybrid Lyot Coronagraph (HLC) and the Shaped Pupil Coronagraph (SPC) for detection and characterization, respectively. In that context, we show and discuss the results of some preliminary WFIRST simulations, focusing on comparing different methods of integration time calculation, through ensembles (large numbers) of survey simulations.
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Christian Delacroix, Christian Delacroix, Dmitry Savransky, Dmitry Savransky, Daniel Garrett, Daniel Garrett, Patrick Lowrance, Patrick Lowrance, Rhonda Morgan, Rhonda Morgan, } "Science yield modeling with the Exoplanet Open-Source Imaging Mission Simulator (EXOSIMS)", Proc. SPIE 9911, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy VI, 991119 (10 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233913; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2233913
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