Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 212, Issue 1–2, pp 417–422 | Cite as

Planetary system evolution and the vega stars: The potential for ESA's infrared space observatory

  • Robert E. Stencel
  • Dana E. Backman


ESA's Infrared Space Observatory [ISO], scheduled for launch within the next 2–3 years, will place a complement of powerful infrared imagers and spectrometers into high orbit, with an operational life anticipated to be about 18 months. During this time, numerous scientific investigations of every conceivable astrophysical target will be made. The purpose of this paper is to consider the instrumental complement in terms of specific observations of Vega-like systems with cold, infrared excesses, in order to investigate problems relating to the evolution of planetary systems, and to optimize the scientific results possible with ISO on such topics.


System Evolution Scientific Investigation Infrared Imager Planetary System Scientific Result 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert E. Stencel
    • 1
  • Dana E. Backman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of DenverDenverUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physics and AstronomyFranklin and Marshall CollegeLancasterUSA

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