Optical Planet Discoverer: how to turn a 1.5-m class space telescope into a powerful exo-planetary systems imager

@inproceedings{Mennesson2003OpticalPD,
  title={Optical Planet Discoverer: how to turn a 1.5-m class space telescope into a powerful exo-planetary systems imager},
  author={B. Mennesson and M. Shao and B. M. Levine and J. Wallace and D. Liu and E. Serabyn and S. Unwin and C. Beichman},
  booktitle={SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation},
  year={2003}
}
  • B. Mennesson, M. Shao, +5 authors C. Beichman
  • Published in
    SPIE Astronomical Telescopes…
    2003
  • Physics, Engineering
  • Optical Planet Discoverer (OPD) is a 1.5m class space telescope concept working as a visible nulling-interferometer imager. It is designed to detect Jupiter-like planets orbiting main sequence stars 10pc away in a few minutes of integration and carry out a low resolution (~20) spectroscopy of their atmosphere. OPD would fit in the budget envelope of a discovery class mission. It would serve as an efficient precursor to a Visible Terrestrial Planet Finder (VTPF), a scaled-up 4m class version… CONTINUE READING
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