high contrast imaging
galaxy formation and evolution
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CitationB. Scott Gaudi, Bertrand Mennesson, Sara Seager, Kerri Cahoy, John Clarke, Shawn Domagal-Goldman, Lee Feinberg, Olivier Guyon, Jeremy Kasdin, Christian Marois, Dimitri Mawet, Motohide Tamura, David Mouillet, Timo Prusti, Andreas Quirrenbach, Tyler Robinson, Leslie Rogers, Paul Scowen, Rachel Somerville, Karl Stapelfeldt, Christopher Stark, Daniel Stern, Martin Still, Margaret Turnbull, Jeffrey Booth, Alina Kiessling, Gary Kuan, and Keith Warfield "The Habitable Exoplanet Observatory (HabEx)", Proc. SPIE 10698, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 106980P (1 August 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2312278; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2312278
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AbstractThe Habitable-Exoplanet Observatory (HabEx) is a candidate flagship mission being studied by NASA and the astrophysics community in preparation of the 2020 Decadal Survey. The first HabEx mission concept that has been studied is a large (similar to 4m) diffraction-limited optical space telescope, providing unprecedented resolution and contrast in the optical, with extensions into the near ulttraviolet and near infrared domains. We report here on our team's efforts in defining a scientifically compelling HabEx mission that is technologically executable, affordable within NASA's expected budgetary envelope, and timely for the next decade. We also briefly discuss our plans to explore less ambitious, descoped missions relative to the primary mission architecture discussed here.
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