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12 July 2008Towards observing extrasolar giant-planet environments with JWST
With its high Strehl ratio near- and mid-infrared imaging capabilities, wide field of view, and multiple spectroscopic
options, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will provide crucial information on the circumstellar
environments of stars thought to harbor debris disks, brown dwarfs or extrasolar giant planets. However, the
successful study of such faint targets around nearby, bright stars requires the effective removal of the target
star's contribution from the image. In this work, we use simple models of the temporal behavior JWST's wavefront
error of JWST over time to examine whether frequent measurements of that changing wavefront can be
used to provide an effective point spread function subtraction for high-contrast imaging studies without use of
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Russell B. Makidon, Anand Sivaramakrishnan, Rémi Soummer, Jay Anderson, Roeland P. van der Marel, "Towards observing extrasolar giant-planet environments with JWST," Proc. SPIE 7010, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 70100O (12 July 2008); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.790157