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Starshade Imaging Simulation Toolkit for Exoplanet Reconnaissance

Hildebrandt, Sergi R. and Shaklan, Stuart B. and Cady, Eric J. and Turnbull, Margaret C. (2021) Starshade Imaging Simulation Toolkit for Exoplanet Reconnaissance. Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, 7 (2). Art. No. 021217. ISSN 2329-4124. doi:10.1117/1.jatis.7.2.021217.

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Starshade Imaging Simulation Toolkit for Exoplanet Reconnaissance (SISTER) is a versatile tool designed to provide accurate models of the images of exoplanet systems when observed with a starshade positioned to block the light from the host star. SISTER allows one to control a set of observational parameters including: (1) the starshade design, position, orientation, and glint properties; (2) the telescope and optical system pupil, aberrations, bandpass, and throughput including a detector model; (3) the exoplanetary system, including stellar distance and spectral type, parallax and proper motion, planet size, reflection properties, orbital parameters, and exozodiacal dust; and (4) background objects. Additionally, there is a substantial library of built-in plotting software added, but the simulations may be stored on disk and plotted with any other software. We describe SISTER’s algorithms, its operational modules, and how it can be used to generate starshade optical simulations with a high degree of fidelity. We include some imaging examples.

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Additional Information:© The Authors. Published by SPIE under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. Distribution or reproduction of this work in whole or in part requires full attribution of the original publication, including its DOI. Paper 20156SS received Oct. 14, 2020; accepted for publication May 3, 2021; published online May 21, 2021. We would like to thank Carl Coker for an early review of this manuscript, Chris Stark for sharing an improved version of ZODIPIC, which was used to generate the input exozodiacal dust of Sec. 4, Andrew Romero-Wolf for providing Roman’s QE EOL degradation factor, and two anonymous reviewers who provided helpful comments that improved the final version of this work. S.R.H would like to thank Yi Chiu Lee for helpful conversations. The research was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (No. 80NM0018D0004) ©2020. California Institute of Technology. Government sponsorship acknowledged. SISTER: ©2020, California Institute of Technology (“Caltech”).
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Subject Keywords:starshade; exoplanets; imaging simulations
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Official Citation:Sergi R. Hildebrandt, Stuart B. Shaklan, Eric J. Cady, and Margaret C. Turnbull "Starshade Imaging Simulation Toolkit for Exoplanet Reconnaissance," Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems 7(2), 021217 (21 May 2021).
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