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ExEP yield modeling tool and validation test results

Morgan, Rhonda and Turmon, Michael and Delacroix, Christian and Savransky, Dmitry and Garrett, Daniel and Lowrance, Patrick and Liu, Xiang Cate and Nunez, Paul (2017) ExEP yield modeling tool and validation test results. In: Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VIII. Proceedings of SPIE. No.10400. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 104001K.

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EXOSIMS is an open-source simulation tool for parametric modeling of the detection yield and characterization of exoplanets. EXOSIMS has been adopted by the Exoplanet Exploration Programs Standards Definition and Evaluation Team (ExSDET) as a common mechanism for comparison of exoplanet mission concept studies. To ensure trustworthiness of the tool, we developed a validation test plan that leverages the Python-language unit-test framework, utilizes integration tests for selected module interactions, and performs end-to-end crossvalidation with other yield tools. This paper presents the test methods and results, with the physics-based tests such as photometry and integration time calculation treated in detail and the functional tests treated summarily. The test case utilized a 4m unobscured telescope with an idealized coronagraph and an exoplanet population from the IPAC radial velocity (RV) exoplanet catalog. The known RV planets were set at quadrature to allow deterministic validation of the calculation of physical parameters, such as working angle, photon counts and integration time. The observing keepout region was tested by generating plots and movies of the targets and the keepout zone over a year. Although the keepout integration test required the interpretation of a user, the test revealed problems in the L2 halo orbit and the parameterization of keepout applied to some solar system bodies, which the development team was able to address. The validation testing of EXOSIMS was performed iteratively with the developers of EXOSIMS and resulted in a more robust, stable, and trustworthy tool that the exoplanet community can use to simulate exoplanet direct-detection missions from probe class, to WFIRST, up to large mission concepts such as HabEx and LUVOIR.

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Additional Information:© 2017 SPIE. The research was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. U.S. Government sponsorship acknowledged; this work was partially supported by the Exoplanet Exploration Program office, and NASA funds to Cornell.
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Subject Keywords:exoplanets, yield modeling, software testing, EXOSIMS, Design Reference Mission simulation, high contrast imaging, coronagraph, starshade
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:10400
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Official Citation:Rhonda Morgan, Michael Turmon, Christian Delacroix, Dmitry Savransky, Daniel Garrett, Patrick Lowrance, Xiang Cate Liu, Paul Nunez, "ExEP yield modeling tool and validation test results", Proc. SPIE 10400, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VIII, 104001K (12 September 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2274468;
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:20 Feb 2018 22:00
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