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THESIS: terrestrial and habitable zone infrared spectroscopy spacecraft

Vasisht, G. and Swain, M. R. and Akeson, R. L. and Burrows, A. and Deming, D. and Grillmair, C. J. and Greene, T. P. (2008) THESIS: terrestrial and habitable zone infrared spectroscopy spacecraft. In: Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter. Proceedings of SPIE. No.7010. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 70103U. ISBN 9780819472205. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20191104-102957393

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Abstract

THESIS is a concept for a medium class mission designed for spectroscopic characterization of extrasolar planets between 2-14 microns. The concept leverages off the recent first-steps made by Spitzer and Hubble in characterizing the atmospheres of alien gas giants. Under favourable circumstances, THESIS is capable of identifying biogenic molecules in habitable-zone planets, thereby determining conditions on worlds where life might exist. By systematically characterizing many worlds, from rocky planets to gas-giants, THESIS would deliver transformational science of profound interest to astronomers and the general public.


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AuthorORCID
Vasisht, G.0000-0002-1871-6264
Swain, M. R.0000-0002-0919-4468
Akeson, R. L.0000-0001-9674-1564
Burrows, A.0000-0002-3099-5024
Deming, D.0000-0001-5727-4094
Grillmair, C. J.0000-0003-4072-169X
Greene, T. P.0000-0002-8963-8056
Additional Information:© 2008 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). This paper would not be possible without the very important contributions of several JPL technologists who have contributed to a preliminary study of the THESIS concept. The authors are grateful for contributions by A. Abramovici, R. K. Bartman, M. Jeganathan, C. G. Paine & J. Moore.
Group:Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
Subject Keywords:Extrasolar Planets, Exoplanets, Atmospheres, Infrared Spectroscopy
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:7010
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20191104-102957393
Persistent URL:https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20191104-102957393
Official Citation:G. Vasisht, M. R. Swain, R. L. Akeson, A. Burrows, D. Deming, C. J. Grillmair, and T. P. Greene "THESIS: terrestrial and habitable zone infrared spectroscopy spacecraft", Proc. SPIE 7010, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 70103U (12 July 2008); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.787688
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