Infrared Space Interferometry

Infrared Space Interferometry : Astrophysics and the Study of Earth-like Planets - Proceedings of a Workshop Held in Toledo, Spain, on March 11-14, 1996

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The two years previous to 1997 have produced some of the most exciting results in the history of astronomy: the indirect detection of planets beyond our solar system. The study of the characteristics and physical nature of exo-planets requires an infrared interferometer in space. Such observatory would directly detect the thermal emission from exo-planets and would allow us to see signatures of molecules, such as water, ozone and carbon dioxide, in their atmospheres. The presence of such molecules would be strong evidence for exo-life. In addition, this kind of instrument would help to clarify important questions concerning the birth and death of stars and extragalactic astronomy. In Toledo, scientists and engineers from both sides of the Atlantic met to discuss the technological challenges of an infrared space interferometer and its scientific capabilities, particularly those related to exo-planetary systems and Earth-like planets.
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  • Hardback | 340 pages
  • 165.1 x 230 x 19.05mm | 748.43g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands, United States
  • English
  • indices
  • 0792345983
  • 9780792345985

Table of contents

1. Scientific Case. The Formation of Planetary Systems; A.P. Boss. High Resolution Spectroscopy of Vega-Like Stars; S.K. Dunkin, et al. Infrared Observations of planetary atmospheres; T. Encrenaz. Detection of Planets Via Microlensing; R. Ferlet. Detection of Planetary Spectral Features Through Circumstellar Dust: A Montecarlo Simulation; O. Fischer, W. Pfau. Evolution and Spectra of Extrasolar Giant Planets; T. Guillot, et al. Life Signatures on Exoplanets; A. Leger. Molecular Gas Production in the b-Pictoris Disk; R. Liseau, P. Artymowicz. Planets in CM-Draconis: A Multi-Site Photometric Search; E.L. Martin, et al. Epicurus was Right: Other Worlds Exist! M. Maryo, D. Queloz. Array Configurations To Detect and Characterize Extrasolar Planets with a Space Infrared Interferometer; B. Mennesson. Resolving Disks in YSOs; A. Natta, H. Butner. Ground-Based Optical/IR Long Baseline Interferometry; F. Paresce. Infrared Interferometry with the VLTI; A. Quirrenbach. Imaging with a Space-Based Infrared Interferometer; A. Quirrenbach, A. Eckart. Infrared Interferometry of Active Galaxies; G.M. Voit. Dusty Disks Around Main Sequence Stars; C. Waelkens, L.B.F.M. Waters. Comet-Like Bodies Around the Herbig Ae Star BF Ori; D. De Winter, et al. Stellar Death: Ejecta and Circumstellar Matter; D.H. Wooden. 2. Instrumental and Technical Cases. Kilometric Baseline Space Interferometry; P.Y. Bely. The Measurement of Directional Radiative Properties with Applications to Passively Cooled Space Telescopes; R.P. Blake, B.W. Jones. Concepts for a Precursor Space Interferometry Mission with a Microsatellite; K. Briess, et al. Light Weight SiC Foamed Mirror for Telescope to be Operated in Space; O. Citterio, G. Parodi. Recent Advances in Cryogenic Optics Technology for Space Infrared Telescope and Interferometer Systems; D.R. Coulter, S.A. Macenka. Interfero-Coronagraphy using Pupil p-Rotation; J. Gay, et al. ASIX: The ASTRO-SPAS Interferometer Experiment; A. Glindemann, et al. Passive Cooling of Infrared Interferometers in Space; T.G. Hawarden. FLITE: Free-Flyer Laser Interferometer Technology Experiment; U. Johann, et al. Advances in Satellite Data Compression and Noise-Filtering by Virtue of Parallel Computing; C. Maccone. Design of Infrared Space Interferometers; J.M. Mariotti. The Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST); J. Mather. High Accuracy Optical Visibilities on Long Baselines: First Results and Prospects; G. Perrin, et al. The COAST Project; J. Rogers. Prospects for Direct Imaging From the Ground; D.G. Sandler. Active Cooling Systems; F. Scaramuzzi. Space Interferometry Mission; M. Shao, et al. The Infrared Imaging Surveyor (IRIS) Project; H. Shibai. Planet Finder Options II; N.J. Woolf. Planet Finder Options III; N.J. Woolf, et al. Workshop Summary; T. de Graauw.
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