Experimental Astronomy

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The Fresnel space imager as a disk evolution watcher

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The Fresnel Diffractive Imaging Arrays form high resolution images by diffraction with low radiometric efficiencies. They are extremely good devices to make high resolution imaging and integral field spectroscopy of bright sources. Thirty meter arrays will provide a spatial resolution of 0.8 mas at Lyman-α that will open a completely new field of research: the study of matter distribution around disks and their gravitational drives. In this contribution, the potentials of the 3.6 m precursors (or probes) for astrophysical disks and jets research, are described. Main emphasis is made on young planetary disks.


Young planetary disks Protostellar jets Pre-main-sequence stars Ae/Be Herbig stars  T Tauri stars 



Prof. Ana I Gómez de Castro acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain through grant AYA 2008-06423-C03-01-ESP.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Facultdad de Ciencias MatemáticasUniversidad Complutense de MadridMadridSpain

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