AAS 198th Meeting, June 2001
Session 83. The Promise and Pitfalls of High Contrast Imaging
Special Session Oral, Thursday, June 7, 2001, 10:00-11:30am, C212-214

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[83.05] High-Contrast Imaging with Future Filled-Aperture Space Observatories

J. T. Trauger (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

The promised science and enabling technologies for high-contrast space imaging have been explored in the contexts of NGST, TPF, and NASA Explorer/Discovery class missions. The many possible solutions involve combinations of active wavefront correction, coronagraphs, apodization, interferometers, and large free-flying occulters. What capabilities are promised by these various mission concepts, and what miracles of technology remain to be developed? Here we review and compare these concepts in their application to future explorations of nearby planetary systems.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: john.trauger@jpl.nasa.gov

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