Astrophysics and Space Science Library

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

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

Editors: Eiroa, C., Alberdi, A., Thronson, H., de Graauw, T., Schalinski, C.J. (Eds.)

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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.

Table of contents (40 chapters)

  • The Formation Of Planetary Systems

    Boss, A. P.

    Pages 3-8

  • High Resolution Spectroscopy of Vega-Like Stars

    Dunkin, S. K. (et al.)

    Pages 9-11

  • Infrared Observations of Planetary Atmospheres

    Encrenaz, T.

    Pages 13-23

  • Detection of Planets Via Microlensing

    Ferlet, R.

    Pages 25-30

  • Detection of Planetary Spectral Features through Circumstellar Dust — A Monte Carlo Simulation

    Fischer, O. (et al.)

    Pages 31-36

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Infrared Space Interferometry: Astrophysics & the Study of Earth-Like Planets
Book Subtitle
Proceedings of a Workshop held in Toledo, Spain, March 11–14, 1996
Editors
  • C. Eiroa
  • A. Alberdi
  • Harley Thronson
  • T. de Graauw
  • C.J. Schalinski
Series Title
Astrophysics and Space Science Library
Series Volume
215
Copyright
1997
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-5468-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-5468-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-6300-5
Series ISSN
0067-0057
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 322
Topics