AAS 201st Meeting, January, 2003
Session 21. Planetary Systems: Instrumentation and Surveys
Poster, Monday, January 6, 2003, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall AB

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[21.13] The Galactic Exoplanet Survey Telescope: A Unique Probe of the Exoplanetary Mass Function in the Milky Way Galaxy

D. P. Bennett (Notre Dame), J. Bally (Colorado), I. Bond (Auckland), E. Cheng (NASA/Goddard), K. Cook (LLNL), D. Deming (NASA/Goddard), P. Garnavich (Notre Dame), M. Greenhouse (NASA/Goddard), K. Griest (UCSD), D. Jewitt, N. Kaiser (Hawaii), T. Lauer (NOAO), J. Lunine (Arizona), G. Luppino (Hawaii), J. Mather (NASA/Goddard), D. Minniti (Universidad Catolica de Chile), S. Peale (UCSB), S. Rhie (Notre Dame), J. Rhodes (NASA/Goddard), J. Schneider (Observatoire de Paris), G. Sonneborn (NASA/Goddard), R. Stevenson (Notre Dame), C. Stubbs (Washington), D. Tenerelli (Lockheed), N. Woolf (Arizona), P. Yock (Auckland)

The Galactic Exoplanet Survey Telescope (GEST) will survey the Galactic bulge to search for extra-solar planets using a gravitational lensing technique. This gravitational lensing technique is the only method employing currently available technology that can detect Earth-mass planets at high signal-to-noise, and can measure the frequency of terrestrial planets as a function of stellar type, planetary mass, star-planet separation, and Galactic position. GEST's sensitivity extends down to the mass of Mars, and it can detect hundreds of terrestrial planets with semi-major axes ranging from 0.7 AU to infinity. GEST will be the first truly comprehensive survey of the Galaxy for planets like those in our own Solar System.

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