Direct Imaging of Extra-Solar Planetary Systems with a Low-Scattered Light Telescope
In a joint study conducted by the Jet Propulsion laboratory and the Perkin-Elmer Corporation it was found that an Earth orbital, one meter class low scattered light coronagraphic telescope can achieve a broad range of scientific objectives including the direct detection of Jupiter-sized planets around the nearby stars. Recent major advances in our understanding of coronagraphic performance and in the field of super smooth mirror fabrication allow such an instrument to be designed and built within current technology.
KeywordsFlux Ratio Diffract Light Primary Mirror Extrasolar Planet Nearby Star
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