THESIS: Terrestrial and habitable zone exoplanet infrared spectroscopy spacecraft

G. Vasisht, M. R. Swain, R. L. Akeson, A. Burrows, D. Deming, C. J. Grillmair, T. P. Greene

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Abstract

THESIS is a concept for a medium class mission designed for spectroscopic characterization of extrasolar planets between 2-14 microns. The concept leverages off the recent first-steps made by Spitzer and Hubble in characterizing the atmospheres of alien gas giants. Under favourable circumstances, THESIS is capable of identifying biogenic molecules in habitable-zone planets, thereby determining conditions on worlds where life might exist. By systematically characterizing many worlds, from rocky planets to gas-giants, THESIS would deliver transformational science of profound interest to astronomers and the general public.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008
Subtitle of host publicationOptical, Infrared, and Millimeter
DOIs
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
Volume7010
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

OtherSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter
CountryFrance
CityMarseille
Period6/23/086/28/08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

Keywords

  • Atmospheres
  • Exoplanets
  • Extrasolar planets
  • Infrared spectroscopy

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    Vasisht, G., Swain, M. R., Akeson, R. L., Burrows, A., Deming, D., Grillmair, C. J., & Greene, T. P. (2008). THESIS: Terrestrial and habitable zone exoplanet infrared spectroscopy spacecraft. In Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter [70103U] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 7010). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.787688