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General astrophysics with the optical terrestrial planet finder mission

Stapelfeldt, Karl and Beichman, Chas and Kuchner, Marc (2005) General astrophysics with the optical terrestrial planet finder mission. New Astronomy Reviews, 49 (7). pp. 396-399. ISSN 1387-6473. doi:10.1016/j.newar.2005.08.011.

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The Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) mission is being designed to directly detect terrestrial planets in the habitable zones around nearby FGK stars, and to spectrally characterize them for the presence of biomarkers. TPF is now planned as two missions: a ∼ × 3.5 m optical coronagraphic telescope (TPF-C) to fly circa 2014; and a formation-flying infrared nulling interferometer (TPF-I) to follow several years later. While high contrast performance and planet-finding will remain the primary science drivers for both missions, the project has begun to consider possible extensions to their capabilities that would enable progress in other important areas of astrophysics. For example, deep extragalactic surveys could be enabled by adding a camera with a several arcminute field of view to TPF-C. Here, we give an overview of the TPF-C project, and offer initial suggestions for its application to general astrophysics.

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Stapelfeldt, Karl0000-0002-2805-7338
Beichman, Chas0000-0002-5627-5471
Kuchner, Marc0000-0002-2387-5489
Additional Information:© 2005 Published by Elsevier. Available online 19 October 2005. The authors thank TPF’s Science Working Group and Design Team for their inputs to this paper. This work was supported by the TPF pre-project at JPL, under NASA Contract 1407.
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Official Citation:Karl Stapelfeldt, Chas Beichman, Marc Kuchner, General astrophysics with the optical terrestrial planet finder mission, New Astronomy Reviews, Volume 49, Issues 7–9, 2005, Pages 396-399, ISSN 1387-6473, (
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