Planet detection algorithms for the Terrestrial Planet Finder

N. Jeremy Kasdin, Isabel Braems

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Current plans call for the first Terrestrial Planet Finder mission, TPF-C, to be a monolithic space telescope with a coronagraph for achieving high contrast. The coronagraph removes the diffracted starlight allowing the nearby planet to be detected. In this paper, we present a model of the planet measurement and noise statistics. We utilize this model to develop two planet detection algorithms, one based on matched filtering of the PSF and one using Bayesian techniques. These models are used to formulate integration time estimates for a planet detection with desired small probabilities of false alarms and missed detections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMalcolm D. Shuster Astronautics Symposium - Advances in the Astronautical Sciences - Proceedings of the University at Buffalo, State University of New York/AAS Malcolm D. Shuster Astronautics Symp.
Number of pages20
StatePublished - 2006
EventMalcolm D. Shuster Astronautics Symposium - Grand Island, NY, United States
Duration: Jun 12 2005Jun 15 2005

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


OtherMalcolm D. Shuster Astronautics Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityGrand Island, NY

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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