Europlanet Science Congress 2021
Virtual meeting
13 – 24 September 2021
Europlanet Science Congress 2021
Virtual meeting
13 September – 24 September 2021
EPSC Abstracts
Vol. 15, EPSC2021-421, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/epsc2021-421
European Planetary Science Congress 2021
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Overview of the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope Coronagraph Instrument and Its Technology Demonstration

Robert Zellem
Robert Zellem
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Exoplanet Discovery and Science, United States of America (rzellem@jpl.nasa.gov)

After JWST, NASA’s next flagship astrophysics mission is the ambitious Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope. Roman will include the Coronagraph Instrument (CGI) will be the first high-performance stellar coronagraph using active wavefront control for deep starlight suppression in space, providing unprecedented levels of contrast, spatial resolution, and sensitivity for astronomical observations in the optical. During its Technology Demonstration phase, CGI will resolve the signal of an exoplanet via photometry and spectroscopy and directly image and measure the polarization of disks. Future flagship mission concepts (e.g., HabEx and LUVOIR) aim to characterize Earth analogues with visible light flux ratios of ~10-10, and CGI is a critical intermediate step toward that goal, with predicted capability of ~10-9. Here, we present CGI’s design and capability as well as some anticipated results from its technology demonstration.

How to cite: Zellem, R.: Overview of the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope Coronagraph Instrument and Its Technology Demonstration, European Planetary Science Congress 2021, online, 13–24 Sep 2021, EPSC2021-421, https://doi.org/10.5194/epsc2021-421, 2021.

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