8 July 2016 Technology gap assessment for a future large-aperture ultraviolet-optical-infrared space telescope
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J. of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, 2(4), 041209 (2016). doi:10.1117/1.JATIS.2.4.041209
The Advanced Technology Large Aperture Space Telescope (ATLAST) team identified five key technology areas to enable candidate architectures for a future large-aperture ultraviolet/optical/infrared (LUVOIR) space observatory envisioned by the NASA Astrophysics 30-year roadmap, “Enduring Quests, Daring Visions.” The science goals of ATLAST address a broad range of astrophysical questions from early galaxy and star formation to the processes that contributed to the formation of life on Earth, combining general astrophysics with direct-imaging and spectroscopy of habitable exoplanets. The key technology areas are internal coronagraphs, starshades (or external occulters), ultra-stable large-aperture telescope systems, detectors, and mirror coatings. For each technology area, we define best estimates of required capabilities, current state-of-the-art performance, and current technology readiness level (TRL), thus identifying the current technology gap. We also report on current, planned, or recommended efforts to develop each technology to TRL 5.
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Matthew R. Bolcar, Kunjithapatham Balasubramanian, Julie Crooke, Lee Feinberg, Manuel Quijada, Bernard J. Rauscher, David Redding, Norman Rioux, Stuart Shaklan, H. Philip Stahl, Carl M. Stahle, Harley Thronson, "Technology gap assessment for a future large-aperture ultraviolet-optical-infrared space telescope," Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems 2(4), 041209 (8 July 2016). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JATIS.2.4.041209

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