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An integrated payload design for the Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey (ARIEL)
Author(s): Paul Eccleston; Giovanna Tinetti; Jean-Philippe Beaulieu; Manuel Güdel; Paul Hartogh; Giuseppina Micela; Michiel Min; Miroslaw Rataj; Tom Ray; Ignasi Ribas; Bart Vandenbussche; Jean-Louis Auguères; Georgia Bishop; Vania Da Deppo; Mauro Focardi; Thomas Hunt; Giuseppe Malaguti; Kevin Middleton; Gianluca Morgante; Marc Ollivier; Emanuele Pace; Enzo Pascale; William Taylor
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Paper Abstract

ARIEL (the Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey) is one of the three candidates for the next ESA medium-class science mission (M4) expected to be launched in 2026. This mission will be devoted to observing spectroscopically in the infrared a large population of warm and hot transiting exoplanets (temperatures from ~500 K to ~3000 K) in our nearby Galactic neighborhood, opening a new discovery space in the field of extrasolar planets and enabling the understanding of the physics and chemistry of these far away worlds. The three candidate missions for M4 are now in a Phase A study which will run until mid-2017 at which point one mission will be selected for implementation. ARIEL is based on a 1-m class telescope feeding both a moderate resolution spectrometer covering the wavelengths from 1.95 to 7.8 microns, and a four channel photometer (which also acts as a Fine Guidance Sensor) with bands between 0.55 and 1.65 microns. During its 3.5 years of operation from an L2 orbit, ARIEL will continuously observe exoplanets transiting their host star.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2016
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 990433 (29 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232878
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Paul Eccleston, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Giovanna Tinetti, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Jean-Philippe Beaulieu, IAP, Univ. Paris VI, CNRS (France)
Manuel Güdel, Univ. Wien (Austria)
Paul Hartogh, MPI for Solar System Research (Germany)
Giuseppina Micela, Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo (Italy)
Michiel Min, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)
Miroslaw Rataj, Space Research Ctr. (Poland)
Tom Ray, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (Ireland)
Ignasi Ribas, Institut de Ciències de l'Espai (Spain)
Bart Vandenbussche, Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
Jean-Louis Auguères, CEA-Saclay (France)
Georgia Bishop, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Vania Da Deppo, CNR-IFN Padova (Italy)
Mauro Focardi, INAF - OAA Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory (Italy)
Thomas Hunt, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
Giuseppe Malaguti, INAF - IASF Bologna (Italy)
Kevin Middleton, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Gianluca Morgante, INAF - IASF Bologna (Italy)
Marc Ollivier, IAS, Univ. de Paris Sud, CNRS (France)
Emanuele Pace, Univ. degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)
Enzo Pascale, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
William Taylor, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)


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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