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Geosciences 2018, 8(12), 442; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences8120442

Imaging and Characterization of Extrasolar Planets with the Next Generation of Space Telescopes

AEGORA Research Group, Fac. CC. Matemáticas, Universidad Complutense, Plaza de Ciencias 3, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Received: 14 November 2018 / Revised: 21 November 2018 / Accepted: 22 November 2018 / Published: 27 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Detection and Characterization of Extrasolar Planets)
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The study and characterization of the exoplanets’ atmospheres and composition is in its infancy. The large facilities that will make feasible to image an exo-Earth are currently under study. This contribution to the special issue on “detection and characterization of extrasolar planets” is a summary on the current status of the design studies to build large space-based facilities working in the 100–3000 nm range for this purpose. The three basic designs: Fresnel imagers, starshades, and coronagraphs on large space telescopes are described. An outline of the pros and cons for each design is provided. The relevance of transmission spectroscopy to characterize exoplanets atmospheres is pointed out. View Full-Text
Keywords: exoplanets; astronomical instrumentation; space astronomy exoplanets; astronomical instrumentation; space astronomy
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