The TOLIMAN space telescope

Peter Tuthill, Eduardo Bendek, Olivier Guyon, Anthony Horton, Bryn Jeffries, Nemanja Jovanovic, Pete Klupar, Kieran Larkin, Barnaby Norris, Benjamin Pope, Mike Shao

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

11 Scopus citations


The TOLIMAN space telescope is a low-cost, agile mission concept dedicated to astrometric detection of exoplanets in the near-solar environment, and particularly targeting the Alpha Cen system. Although successful discovery technologies are now populating exoplanetary catalogs into the thousands, contemporary astronomy is still poorly equipped to answer the basic question of whether there are any rocky planets orbiting any particular star system. Toliman will make a first study of stars within 10 PC of the sun by deploying an innovative optical and signal encoding architecture that leverages the most promising technology to deliver data on this critical stellar sample: High precision astrometric monitoring. Here we present results from the Foundational Mission Study, jointly funded by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation and the University of Sydney which has translated innovative underlying design principles into error budgets and potential spacecraft systems designs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOptical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging VI
EditorsPeter G. Tuthill, Michelle J. Creech-Eakman, Antoine Merand
ISBN (Print)9781510619555
StatePublished - 2018
Event2018 Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging VI - Austin, United States
Duration: Jun 11 2018Jun 15 2018

Publication series

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


Other2018 Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging VI
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Astrometry
  • Exoplanet detection
  • high precision astronomical measurement

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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