A nulling wide field imager for exoplanets detection and general astrophysics
Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii, 640 N. A'ohoku Place, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
2 Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6, 4 Place Jussieu, 75005 Paris, France
Corresponding author: O. Guyon, email@example.com
Accepted: 6 May 2002
We present a solution to obtain a high-resolution image of a wide field with the central source removed by destructive interference. The wide-field image is created by aperture synthesis with a rotating sparse array of telescopes in space. Nulling of the central source is achieved using a phase-mask coronagraph. The full plane coverage delivered by the 60 m, six telescope array is particularly well-suited for the detection and characterization of exoplanets in the infrared (DARWIN and Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) missions) as well as for other generic science observations. Detection () of an Earth-like planet is achieved in 10 hours with a m bandwidth at m.
Key words: techniques: interferometric / instrumentation: high angular resolution
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