Infrared Space Interferometry: Astrophysics & the Study of Earth-Like Planets

Proceedings of a Workshop held in Toledo, Spain, March 11–14, 1996

  • C. Eiroa
  • A. Alberdi
  • H. Thronson
  • T. De Graauw
  • C. J. Schalinski
Conference proceedings

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 215)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Scientific Case

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. A. P. Boss
      Pages 3-8
    3. S. K. Dunkin, M. J. Barlow, S. G. Ryan
      Pages 9-11
    4. T. Guillot, M. S. Marley, D. Saumon, R. S. Freedman
      Pages 37-46
    5. A. Léger
      Pages 47-54
    6. R. Liseau, P. Artymowicz
      Pages 55-57
    7. E. L. Martín, H. Deeg, M. Chevreton, J. Schneider, L. Doyle, J. Jenkins et al.
      Pages 59-61
    8. M. Mayor, D. Queloz
      Pages 63-69
    9. A. Natta, H. Butner
      Pages 77-84
    10. A. Quirrenbach
      Pages 97-99
    11. A. Quirrenbach, A. Eckart
      Pages 101-107
    12. C. Waelkens, L. B. F. M. Waters
      Pages 119-128
    13. D. De Winter, C. A. Grady, M. R. Pérez, M. E. van den Ancker, P. S. Thé, A. N. Rostopchina
      Pages 129-132

About these proceedings

Introduction

The past year has produced some of the most exciting results in the history of astronomy, particularly in the area of planets outside our solar system. Only a half-year before our meeting in Toledo, Spain, the first unambiguous detection of planet-sized masses orbiting main sequence stars were reported. Since that time, evidence for a new exo­ planet has been reported almost at the rate of about once per month. Some of these objects are likely to turn out to be very low-mass stars, but something like half show characteristics - Jupiter-like mass and near-zero orbital eccentricity - which appear to be unique to planets. Almost at the same time that giant planets were being discovered regularly, the two major space agencies, ESA and NASA, have iden­ tified searches for and detailed study of Earth-like planets as a major priority for the future. In ESA's "Horizon 2000 Plus" programme, an infrared interferometer has been proposed as a possible future Cor­ nerstone mission. Similarly, scientists in the US produced the "Road Map for the Exploration of Neighboring Planetary Systems (ExNPS)", which provided NASA with a long-term plan which leads also to an infrared interferometer in space to study hypothetical Earth-like worlds beyond our Solar System. Such an observatory is designed to search for the thermal emission from a family of planets, using interferometric nulling to remove the contaminating light from the central star.

Keywords

astronomy astrophysics galaxy optics stars

Editors and affiliations

  • C. Eiroa
    • 1
  • A. Alberdi
    • 2
    • 3
  • H. Thronson
    • 4
    • 5
  • T. De Graauw
    • 6
  • C. J. Schalinski
    • 7
  1. 1.Universidad Autónoma de MadridSpain
  2. 2.Instituto de Astrofísica de AndalucíaCSICGranadaSpain
  3. 3.Laboratorio de Astrofísica Espacial y Física FundamentalINTAMadridSpain
  4. 4.NASA HeadquartersUSA
  5. 5.Physics DepartmentUniversity of WyomingLaramieUSA
  6. 6.Space Research Organisation NetherlandsGroningenThe Netherlands
  7. 7.Institute of Space Sensor TechnologyDLRBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-5468-0
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6300-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-5468-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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