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Paper: Probing the Extrasolar Planet Diversity with SEE-COAST
Volume: 430, Pathways Towards Habitable Planets
Page: 207
Authors: Baudoz, P.; Boccaletti, A.; Schneider, J.; Galicher, R.; Tinetti, G.
Abstract: SEE-COAST is a space mission concept designed for the study of physical and chemical characteristics of exoplanets. The science driver of SEE-COAST is the exploration of the planetary diversity, which has been unveiled in the past 15 years. Both spectral and polarimetric properties of the parent starlight reflected by the planets are analyzed to better constraint the atmosphere of planets. The SEE-COAST concept relies on a series of high contrast imaging techniques like coronagraphy, differential imaging and possibly wavefront control. The science objectives as well as the wavelength range (0.4-1.25 microns) are complementary to the future near-infrared ground-based coronagraphic instruments and to the exoplanet imaging capability of the JWST. We propose SEE-COAST as a relatively secure step to prepare the more ambitious characterization mission of Earth-like planets. The strategy of the mission is presented and the instrumental concept is briefly introduced.
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