Solar system science with the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope

Bryan J. Holler, Stefanie N. Milam, James M. Bauer, Charles Alcock, Michele T. Bannister, Gordon L. Bjoraker, Dennis Bodewits, Amanda S. Bosh, Marc W. Buie, Tony L. Farnham, Nader Haghighipour, Paul S. Hardersen, Alan W. Harris, Christopher M. Hirata, Henry H. Hsieh, Michael S.P. Kelley, Matthew M. Knight, Emily A. Kramer, Andrea Longobardo, Conor A. NixonErnesto Palomba, Silvia Protopapa, Lynnae C. Quick, Darin Ragozzine, Vishnu Reddy, Jason D. Rhodes, Andy S. Rivkin, Gal Sarid, Amanda A. Sickafoose, Amy A. Simon, Cristina A. Thomas, David E Trilling, Robert A. West

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Abstract

We present a community-led assessment of the solar system investigations achievable with NASA's next-generation space telescope, the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). WFIRST will provide imaging, spectroscopic, and coronagraphic capabilities from 0.43 to 2.0 μ m and will be a potential contemporary and eventual successor to the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Surveys of irregular satellites and minor bodies are where WFIRST will excel with its 0.28 deg2 field-of-view Wide Field Instrument. Potential groundbreaking discoveries from WFIRST could include detection of the first minor bodies orbiting in the inner Oort Cloud, identification of additional Earth Trojan asteroids, and the discovery and characterization of asteroid binary systems similar to Ida/Dactyl. Additional investigations into asteroids, giant planet satellites, Trojan asteroids, Centaurs, Kuiper belt objects, and comets are presented. Previous use of astrophysics assets for solar system science and synergies between WFIRST, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, JWST, and the proposed Near-Earth Object Camera mission is discussed. We also present the case for implementation of moving target tracking, a feature that will benefit from the heritage of JWST and enable a broader range of solar system observations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number034003
JournalJournal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018

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Systems science
Solar system
Telescopes
solar system
Asteroids
telescopes
Space telescopes
Infrared radiation
asteroid
James Webb Space Telescope
Trojan asteroids
asteroids
Earth (planet)
Satellites
Oort cloud
near Earth objects
Kuiper belt
Astrophysics
astrophysics
natural satellites

Keywords

  • infrared imaging
  • infrared space observatory
  • infrared spectroscopy
  • planets
  • telescopes
  • Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Instrumentation
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Holler, B. J., Milam, S. N., Bauer, J. M., Alcock, C., Bannister, M. T., Bjoraker, G. L., ... West, R. A. (2018). Solar system science with the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope. Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, 4(3), [034003]. https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JATIS.4.3.034003

Solar system science with the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope. / Holler, Bryan J.; Milam, Stefanie N.; Bauer, James M.; Alcock, Charles; Bannister, Michele T.; Bjoraker, Gordon L.; Bodewits, Dennis; Bosh, Amanda S.; Buie, Marc W.; Farnham, Tony L.; Haghighipour, Nader; Hardersen, Paul S.; Harris, Alan W.; Hirata, Christopher M.; Hsieh, Henry H.; Kelley, Michael S.P.; Knight, Matthew M.; Kramer, Emily A.; Longobardo, Andrea; Nixon, Conor A.; Palomba, Ernesto; Protopapa, Silvia; Quick, Lynnae C.; Ragozzine, Darin; Reddy, Vishnu; Rhodes, Jason D.; Rivkin, Andy S.; Sarid, Gal; Sickafoose, Amanda A.; Simon, Amy A.; Thomas, Cristina A.; Trilling, David E; West, Robert A.

In: Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, Vol. 4, No. 3, 034003, 01.07.2018.

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Holler, BJ, Milam, SN, Bauer, JM, Alcock, C, Bannister, MT, Bjoraker, GL, Bodewits, D, Bosh, AS, Buie, MW, Farnham, TL, Haghighipour, N, Hardersen, PS, Harris, AW, Hirata, CM, Hsieh, HH, Kelley, MSP, Knight, MM, Kramer, EA, Longobardo, A, Nixon, CA, Palomba, E, Protopapa, S, Quick, LC, Ragozzine, D, Reddy, V, Rhodes, JD, Rivkin, AS, Sarid, G, Sickafoose, AA, Simon, AA, Thomas, CA, Trilling, DE & West, RA 2018, 'Solar system science with the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope', Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, vol. 4, no. 3, 034003. https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JATIS.4.3.034003
Holler, Bryan J. ; Milam, Stefanie N. ; Bauer, James M. ; Alcock, Charles ; Bannister, Michele T. ; Bjoraker, Gordon L. ; Bodewits, Dennis ; Bosh, Amanda S. ; Buie, Marc W. ; Farnham, Tony L. ; Haghighipour, Nader ; Hardersen, Paul S. ; Harris, Alan W. ; Hirata, Christopher M. ; Hsieh, Henry H. ; Kelley, Michael S.P. ; Knight, Matthew M. ; Kramer, Emily A. ; Longobardo, Andrea ; Nixon, Conor A. ; Palomba, Ernesto ; Protopapa, Silvia ; Quick, Lynnae C. ; Ragozzine, Darin ; Reddy, Vishnu ; Rhodes, Jason D. ; Rivkin, Andy S. ; Sarid, Gal ; Sickafoose, Amanda A. ; Simon, Amy A. ; Thomas, Cristina A. ; Trilling, David E ; West, Robert A. / Solar system science with the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope. In: Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems. 2018 ; Vol. 4, No. 3.
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