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Paper: ACCESS: A Concept Study for the Direct Imaging and Spectroscopy of Exoplanetary Systems
Volume: 430, Pathways Towards Habitable Planets
Page: 375
Authors: Trauger, J.; Stapelfeldt, K.; Traub, W. A.; Krist, J.; Moody, D.; Serabyn, E.; Mawet, D.; Pueyo, L.; Shaklan, S.; Henry, C.; Park, P.; Gappinger, R.; Brugarolas, P.; Alexander, J.; Mireles, V.; Dawson, O.; Guyon, O.; Kasdin, J.; Vanderbei, B.; Spergel, D.; Belikov, R.; Marcy, G.; Brown, R.; Schneider, J.; Woodgate, B.; Matthews, G.; Egerman, R.; Voyer, P.; Vallone, P.; Elias, J.; Conturie, Y.; Polidan, R.; Lillie, C.; Spittler, C.; Lee, D.; Hejal, R.; Bronowick, A.; Saldivar, N.; Ealey, M.; Price, T.
Abstract: ACCESS is one of four medium-class mission concepts selected for study in 2008/9 by NASA’s Astrophysics Strategic Mission Concepts Study program. In a nutshell, ACCESS evaluates a space telescope designed for extreme high-contrast imaging and spectroscopy of exoplanetary systems. An actively-corrected coronagraph is used to suppress the glare of diffracted and scattered starlight to the levels required for exoplanet imaging. The ACCESS study asks: What is the most capable medium-class coronagraphic mission that is possible with telescope, instrument, and spacecraft technologies available today?
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