Design reference mission construction for planet finders

Dmitry Savransky, N. Jeremy Kasdin

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In this paper, we present methods for constructing design reference missions (DRMs) for space-borne telescopes for the direct detection and characterization of extra-solar planets. Unlike most existing DRMs, which present results based on an assumed fixed rate for the occurrence of extra-solar planets, we calculate the approximate distribution of mission results conditional on the distribution of planets. We also improve on previous models by incorporating optimal integration time modeling that allows for the setting of desired missed-detection and false-alarm probabilities, and by optimizing re-visit timing for systems with and without initial visit detections. Sample DRMs are constructed and evaluated for a telescope with an internal coronagraph, an external occulter, and a hybrid design composed of both elements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008
Subtitle of host publicationOptical, Infrared, and Millimeter
StatePublished - 2008
EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter - Marseille, France
Duration: Jun 23 2008Jun 28 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Drm
  • Occulters
  • Planet-finding


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