Coronagraphic Exploration Camera (CorECam)

Mark Clampin, Richard Lyon, Larry Petro, Sara Seager, Mark Marley, Gary Melnick, Alycia Weinberger, Robert Woodruff, Scott Horner, Holland Ford, Garth Illingworth, Jim Kasting, Doug Lin, Marc Kuchner, Mike Shao, William Sparks, Bernard Rauscher, Volker Tolls, Ruth Carter

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The CorECam Instrument Concept Study (ICS) addressed the requirements and science program for the Terrestrial Planet Finder Coronagraph's (TPF-C) primary camera. CorECam provides a simple interface to TPF-C's Starlight Suppression System (SSS) which would be provided by the TPF-C Program, and comprises camera modules providing visible, and near-infrared (NIR) camera focal plane imaging. In its primary operating mode, CorECam will conduct the core science program of TPF-C, detecting terrestrial planets at visible wavelengths. CorECam additionally provides the imaging capabilities to characterize terrestrial planets, and conduct an extended science program focused on investigating the nature of the exosolar systems in which terrestrial planets are detected. In order to evaluate the performance of CorECam we developed a comprehensive, end-to-end model using OSCAR which has provided a number of key conclusions on the robustness of the TPF-C baseline design, and allows investigation of alternative techniques for wavefront sensing and control. CorECam recommends photon counting detectors be baselined for imaging with TPF-C since they provide mitigations against the background radiation environment, improved sensitivity and facilitate alternative WFSC approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation I
Subtitle of host publicationOptical, Infrared, and Millimeter
StatePublished - Oct 2 2006
EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: May 24 2006May 31 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume6265 I
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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