AAS 198th Meeting, June 2001
Session 62. Optical Interferometry II - SIM, TPF
Display, Wednesday, June 6, 2001, 10:00am-7:00pm, Exhibit Hall

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[62.05] Observing Scenarios and Throughput Estimates for the Space Interferometry Mission

J. H. Catanzarite (Interferometry Science Center, Caltech), M. Shao, S. C. Unwin, M. Milman (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology)

The Space Interferometry Mission (SIM) will measure stellar positions with astrometric accuracy of 1 microarcsecond for a single differential measurement within a narrow angle field (1 degree in diameter) and of 10 microarcseconds for a single measurement in a wide angle field (15 degrees in diameter).

Three SIM Key Projects involve astrometric detection of planets via stellar reflex motions. A key issue is that rotation or linear acceleration of the local reference frame can be confused with the astrometric signature of a long-period planet. The problem is to identify a 'quasi-inertial' local reference frame i.e., one effectively free of rotation and linear acceleration.

We have investigated these effects via simulations; guided by the results we present viable narrow-angle observing scenarios for astrometric planet detection with SIM. We also discuss observing scenarios for wide angle astrometry programs. Finally, we give rough estimates of target throughput rates for these observing scenarios.

This work was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with NASA.

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