Large Instruments For Exoplanet Direct Imaging Studies beyond TMT/EELT/GMT
We should find life beyond the solar system ("exolife") within a decade. This will require optical instruments that can perform exoplanet direct imaging. There are good reasons to expect that telescopes from the ground will lead this search. Unfortunately, none of the currently envisioned large telescopes are optimal for detecting and measuring the emitted or reflected starlight from life-bearing exoplanets. This talk will describe what a 20-100m-class optical telescope would look like and could do if it were designed to solve exoplanet imaging problems. Such a telescope could be initiated today using technologies that are either currently available or under vigorous development.
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