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The exo-zodiacal disk mapperZodiacal dust around neighboring stars could obscure the signal of terrestrial planets observed with the Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) if that dust is similar to that in the Solar System. Unfortunately, little is known about the presence, or frequency of occurrence of zodiacal dust around stars and so the relevance of zodiacal dust to the design of the TPF, or to the TPF mission, is unknown. It is likely that direct observation of zodiacal dust disks will be necessary to confidently determine the characteristics of individual systems. A survey of a large number of stars in the solar neighborhood that could be candidates for observation with TPF should be undertaken. We present a concept for a space mission to undertake a sensitive, large-scale survey capable of characterizing solar-system-like zodiacal dust around 400 stars within 20 pc of the Sun.
Document ID
19980219293
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Petro, Larry (Space Telescope Science Inst. Baltimore, MD United States)
Bely, P. (Space Telescope Science Inst. Baltimore, MD United States)
Burg, R. (Johns Hopkins Univ. Baltimore, MD United States)
Wade, L. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA United States)
Beichman, C. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA United States)
Gay, J. (Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur Grasse, France)
Baudoz, P. (Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur Grasse, France)
Rabbia, Y. (Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur Grasse, France)
Perrin, J. M. (Laboratoire d'Astronomie Spatiale Marseille, France)
Date Acquired
August 18, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1998
Publication Information
Publication: Exozodiacal Dust Workshop
Subject Category
Astronomy
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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