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The science of ARIEL (Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey)
Author(s): G. Tinetti; P. Drossart; P. Eccleston; P. Hartogh; A. Heske; J. Leconte; G. Micela; M. Ollivier; G. Pilbratt; L. Puig; D. Turrini; B. Vandenbussche; P. Wolkenberg; E. Pascale; J.-P. Beaulieu; M. Güdel; M. Min; M. Rataj; T. Ray; I. Ribas; J. Barstow; N. Bowles; A. Coustenis; V. Coudé du Foresto; L. Decin; T. Encrenaz; F. Forget; M Friswell; M. Griffin; P. O. Lagage; P. Malaguti; A. Moneti; J. C. Morales; E. Pace; M. Rocchetto; S. Sarkar; F. Selsis; W. Taylor; J. Tennyson; O. Venot; I. P. Waldmann; G. Wright; T. Zingales; M. R. Zapatero-Osorio
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Paper Abstract

The Atmospheric Remote-Sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey (ARIEL) is one of the three candidate missions selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) for its next medium-class science mission due for launch in 2026. The goal of the ARIEL mission is to investigate the atmospheres of several hundred planets orbiting distant stars in order to address the fundamental questions on how planetary systems form and evolve. During its four (with a potential extension to six) years mission ARIEL will observe 500+ exoplanets in the visible and the infrared with its meter-class telescope in L2. ARIEL targets will include gaseous and rocky planets down to the Earth-size around different types of stars. The main focus of the mission will be on hot and warm planets orbiting close to their star, as they represent a natural laboratory in which to study the chemistry and formation of exoplanets. The ARIEL mission concept has been developed by a consortium of more than 50 institutes from 12 countries, which include UK, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Ireland and Portugal. The analysis of the ARIEL spectra and photometric data in the 0.5-7.8 micron range will allow to extract the chemical fingerprints of gases and condensates in the planets’ atmospheres, including the elemental composition for the most favorable targets. It will also enable the study of thermal and scattering properties of the atmosphere as the planet orbit around the star. ARIEL will have an open data policy, enabling rapid access by the general community to the high-quality exoplanet spectra that the core survey will deliver.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2016
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 99041X (29 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232370
Show Author Affiliations
G. Tinetti, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
P. Drossart, LESIA – Observatoire de Paris (France)
P. Eccleston, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
P. Hartogh, MPI for Solar System Research (Germany)
A. Heske, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
J. Leconte, Univ. Bordeaux 1 (France)
G. Micela, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo (Italy)
M. Ollivier, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Univ. de Paris-Sud, CNRS (France)
LESIA – Observatoire de Paris (France)
G. Pilbratt, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
L. Puig, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
D. Turrini, INAF - IAPS (Italy)
B. Vandenbussche, Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
P. Wolkenberg, Space Research Ctr. (Poland)
INAF-IAPS (Italy)
E. Pascale, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
J.-P. Beaulieu, Institut d'Astrophysique, Univ. Paris VI, CNRS (France)
M. Güdel, Univ. Wien (Austria)
M. Min, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)
M. Rataj, Space Research Ctr. (Poland)
T. Ray, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (Ireland)
I. Ribas, Institut de Ciències de l'Espai (Spain)
J. Barstow, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
N. Bowles, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
A. Coustenis, LESIA – Observatoire de Paris (France)
V. Coudé du Foresto, LESIA – Observatoire de Paris (France)
L. Decin, Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
T. Encrenaz, LESIA – Observatoire de Paris (France)
F. Forget, Lab. de Météorologie Dynamique (France)
M Friswell, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
M. Griffin, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
P. O. Lagage, CEA-Saclay (France)
P. Malaguti, CNR-INAF (Italy)
A. Moneti, Institut d'Astrophysique, Univ. Paris VI, CNRS (France)
J. C. Morales, Institut de Ciencies de l’Espai (Spain)
E. Pace, Univ. of Florence (Italy)
M. Rocchetto, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
S. Sarkar, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
F. Selsis, Univ. of Bordeaux (France)
W. Taylor, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
J. Tennyson, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
O. Venot, Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
I. P. Waldmann, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
G. Wright, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
T. Zingales, Univ. College London (United States)
M. R. Zapatero-Osorio, Ctr. de Astrobiología (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9904:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Howard A. MacEwen; Giovanni G. Fazio; Makenzie Lystrup; Natalie Batalha; Nicholas Siegler; Edward C. Tong, Editor(s)

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