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SUPER-SHARP: direct imaging and spectroscopy of exoplanets

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I will describe SUPERSHARP (Spinning Unfolding Primary for Exoplanet Reconnaissance via Spectroscopic High Angular Resolution Photography) which is a space telescope concept where the design is driven by exoplanet science goals. SUPERSHARP will be proposed to ESA as a possible M5 mission. The many science drivers include the possibility of detecting bio-signatures in the spectra of Earth-like planets in the habitable zone. Conventional thinking is that such a telescope has to be very expensive ($2 billion or more) so the big challenge in the context of M5 is affordability. I will therefore introduce some new ideas which potentially allow SUPERSHARP to be significantly more affordable than previous telescope concepts.

This talk is part of the Exoplanet Meetings series.

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