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Planetary Imaging Concept Testbed Using a Recoverable Experiment–Coronagraph (PICTURE C)

Cook, Timothy and Cahoy, Kerri and Chakrabarti, Supriya and Douglas, Ewan and Finn, Susanna C. and Kuchner, Marc and Lewis, Nikole K. and Marinan, Anne and Martel, Jason and Mawet, Dimitri and Mazin, Benjamin and Meeker, Seth R. and Mendillo, Christopher and Serabyn, Gene and Stuchlik, David and Swain, Mark (2015) Planetary Imaging Concept Testbed Using a Recoverable Experiment–Coronagraph (PICTURE C). Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, 1 (4). Art. No. 044001. ISSN 2329-4124. doi:10.1117/1.JATIS.1.4.044001.

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An exoplanet mission based on a high-altitude balloon is a next logical step in humanity’s quest to explore Earthlike planets in Earthlike orbits orbiting Sunlike stars. The mission described here is capable of spectrally imaging debris disks and exozodiacal light around a number of stars spanning a range of infrared excesses, stellar types, and ages. The mission is designed to characterize the background near those stars, to study the disks themselves, and to look for planets in those systems. The background light scattered and emitted from the disk is a key uncertainty in the mission design of any exoplanet direct imaging mission, thus, its characterization is critically important for future imaging of exoplanets.

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Additional Information:© 2015 The Authors. Published by SPIE under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Distribution or reproduction of this work in whole or in part requires full attribution of the original publication, including its DOI. [DOI: 10.1117/1.JATIS.1.4.044001] Received May 1, 2015; Accepted August 11, 2015; published online Sep. 11, 2015. The authors would like to thank Ron Polidan and the other members of NGAS/AOA Xinetics for their dedicated assistance with this project. This work was supported by NASA grant NNX14AH46G, NNX15AG23G, NNX13AD50G and UML internal funds.
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Official Citation:Cook T, Cahoy K, Chakrabarti S, et al; Planetary imaging concept testbed using a recoverable experiment–coronagraph (picture c). J. Astron. Telesc. Instrum. Syst. 0001;1(4):044001. doi:10.1117/1.JATIS.1.4.044001.
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