Special Section on a Future Large-Aperture Ultraviolet/Optical/Infrared Space Observatory

Technology gap assessment for a future large-aperture ultraviolet-optical-infrared space telescope

[+] Author Affiliations
Matthew R. Bolcar, Julie Crooke, Lee Feinberg, Manuel Quijada, Bernard J. Rauscher, Norman Rioux, Carl M. Stahle, Harley Thronson

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, 8800 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, Maryland 20771, United States

Kunjithapatham Balasubramanian, David Redding, Stuart Shaklan

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, California 91109, United States

H. Philip Stahl

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama 35812, United States

J. Astron. Telesc. Instrum. Syst. 2(4), 041209 (Jul 08, 2016). doi:10.1117/1.JATIS.2.4.041209
History: Received February 14, 2016; Accepted June 15, 2016
Text Size: A A A

Abstract.  The Advanced Technology Large Aperture Space Telescope (ATLAST) team identified five key technology areas to enable candidate architectures for a future large-aperture ultraviolet/optical/infrared (LUVOIR) space observatory envisioned by the NASA Astrophysics 30-year roadmap, “Enduring Quests, Daring Visions.” The science goals of ATLAST address a broad range of astrophysical questions from early galaxy and star formation to the processes that contributed to the formation of life on Earth, combining general astrophysics with direct-imaging and spectroscopy of habitable exoplanets. The key technology areas are internal coronagraphs, starshades (or external occulters), ultra-stable large-aperture telescope systems, detectors, and mirror coatings. For each technology area, we define best estimates of required capabilities, current state-of-the-art performance, and current technology readiness level (TRL), thus identifying the current technology gap. We also report on current, planned, or recommended efforts to develop each technology to TRL 5.

© 2016 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers

Citation

Matthew R. Bolcar ; Kunjithapatham Balasubramanian ; Julie Crooke ; Lee Feinberg ; Manuel Quijada, et al.
"Technology gap assessment for a future large-aperture ultraviolet-optical-infrared space telescope", J. Astron. Telesc. Instrum. Syst. 2(4), 041209 (Jul 08, 2016). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JATIS.2.4.041209


Figures

Access This Article
Sign in or Create a personal account to Buy this article ($20 for members, $25 for non-members).

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.

Related Journal Articles

Related Book Chapters

Topic Collections

Advertisement
  • Don't have an account?
  • Subscribe to the SPIE Digital Library
  • Create a FREE account to sign up for Digital Library content alerts and gain access to institutional subscriptions remotely.
Access This Article
Sign in or Create a personal account to Buy this article ($20 for members, $25 for non-members).
Access This Proceeding
Sign in or Create a personal account to Buy this article ($15 for members, $18 for non-members).
Access This Chapter

Access to SPIE eBooks is limited to subscribing institutions and is not available as part of a personal subscription. Print or electronic versions of individual SPIE books may be purchased via SPIE.org.