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Paper: Japanese Space Activity on Exoplanets and SPICA
Volume: 430, Pathways Towards Habitable Planets
Page: 195
Authors: Nakagawa, T.
Abstract: We review Japanese activities on space science missions for the study of stellar and planetary formation with special emphasis on the SPICA (Space Infrared Telescope for Cosmology and Astrophysics) mission and its impact on the study of exoplanets. With a 3m-class telesope (3.5 m in the baseline design) cooled to 6K, SPICA is optimized for mid- and far-infrared astronomy. One of the focal plane instrumets proposed for SPICA is a stellar coronagraph for the study of exoplanets, protoplanetary and debris disks. SPICA’s telescope has a monolithic structure and is expected to have smooth point spread function, which should be a great advantage of coronagraphy. SPICA is an international mission, and European participation in SPICA is approved as a candidate for future missions under the framework of ESA Cosmic Vision. The target launch date is 2018.
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