ExoSpec project: An exoplanet spectroscopy technology research collaboration based at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and Ames Research Center

Neil T. Zimmerman, Michael W. Mcelwain, Tyler D. Groff, Roser Juanola-Parramon, Avi M. Mandell, Mark S. Marley, Bernard J. Rauscher, Hari B. Subedi, Tyler Baines, Natasha E. Batalha, Aki Roberge, Adam J.R.W. Smith, Christopher C. Stark, Nicholas D. Susemiehl

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Abstract

The exoplanet atmosphere characterization goals of future UV/Optical/Infrared flagship space missions will drive challenging design requirements for instrument wavefront controls, spatial and spectral sampling, spectral bandwidth, and detector performance. The new ExoSpec Project links four previously distinct research efforts at Goddard and Ames for enabling and enhancing the characterization of directly-imaged exoplanets. ExoSpec is comprised of three laboratory subsystem demonstrations: high-contrast integral field spectrographs, p-channel CCDs, and parabolic deformable mirrors. A fourth component, exoplanet spectral retrieval, is an iterative data simulation activity driven by the goal of optimizing the system-level instrument design for atmosphere retrieval metrics. The ExoSpec Project's emphasis on system-level spectroscopy performance complements the objectives of other technology demonstrations supported by NASA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2020
Subtitle of host publicationOptical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
EditorsMakenzie Lystrup, Marshall D. Perrin
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Electronic)9781510636736
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2020: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Dec 14 2020Dec 22 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume11443
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Conference

ConferenceSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2020: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period12/14/2012/22/20

Keywords

  • Deformable mirror
  • Detectors
  • Exoplanets
  • High-contrast imaging
  • Integral field spectrograph
  • Spectroscopy
  • Wavefront control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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