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Exo-zodiacal disk mapper: a space interferometer to detect and map zodiacal disks around nearby stars

Bély, Pierre Y. and Burg, Richard and Petro, Larry and Gay, Jean and Baudoz, Pierre and Rabbia, Yves and Perrin, Jean-Marie and Wade, Lawrence and Beichman, Charles C. (1998) Exo-zodiacal disk mapper: a space interferometer to detect and map zodiacal disks around nearby stars. In: Astronomical Interferometry. Proceedings of SPIE. No.3350. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, pp. 698-706. ISBN 9780819427977. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20180801-133516598

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Abstract

We propose a concept for a space mission designed to make a survey of potential zodiacal dust disks around nearby stars in the mid-IR. We show that a 10-meter baseline nulling interferometer with two 0.6-meter apertures located in a 1 X 1 AU heliocentric orbit would allow for the survey of about 400 stars in the solar neighborhood and permit a first order determination of the disk inclination and of the dust density and temperature radius dependence. The high dynamic range of the instrument may also be used to study an additional astrophysical phenomena. Beyond its own scientific merit, such a mission would also serve as a technological precursor to a larger interferometer of the type being considered for the detection of earth-like planets.


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Additional Information:© 1998 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). We thank Robert Brown, Hervey (Pete) Stockman and Rodger Doxsey of the Space Telescope Science Institute and Harley Thronson of NASA Headquarters for their advice and suggestions.
Subject Keywords:Circumstellar disks, zodiacal dust disks, space telescopes, coronagraph
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Official Citation:Pierre Y. Bely, Richard Burg, Larry Petro, Jean Gay, Pierre Baudoz, Yves Rabbia, Jean-Marie Perrin, Lawrence A. Wade, Charles A. Beichman, "Exo-zodiacal disk mapper: a space interferometer to detect and map zodiacal disks around nearby stars", Proc. SPIE 3350, Astronomical Interferometry, (24 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317135; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.317135
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