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The ARIEL space mission
Author(s): Enzo Pascale; Naidu Bezawada; Joanna Barstow; Jean-Philippe Beaulieu; Neil Bowles; Vincent Coudé du Foresto; Athena Coustenis; Leen Decin; Pierre Drossart; Paul Eccleston; Therese Encrenaz; Francois Forget; Matt Griffin; Manuel Güdel; Paul Hartogh; Astrid Heske; Pierre-Olivier Lagage; Jeremy Leconte; Pino Malaguti; Giusi Micela; Kevin Middleton; Michiel Min; Andrea Moneti; Juan Carlos Morales; Lorenzo Mugnai; Marc Ollivier; Emanuele Pace; Andreas Papageorgiou; Goran Pilbratt; Ludovic Puig; Miroslaw Rataj; Tom Ray; Ignasi Ribas; Marco Rocchetto; Subhajit Sarkar; Franck Selsis; William Taylor; Jonathan Tennyson; Giovanna Tinetti; Diego Turrini; Bart Vandenbussche; Olivia Venot; Ingo P. Waldmann; Paulina Wolkenberg; Gillian Wright; Maria-Rosa Zapatero Osorio; Tiziano Zingales
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Paper Abstract

The Atmospheric Remote-Sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey, ARIEL, has been selected to be the next M4 space mission in the ESA Cosmic Vision programme. From launch in 2028, and during the following 4 years of operation, ARIEL will perform precise spectroscopy of the atmospheres of about 1000 known transiting exoplanets using its metre-class telescope, a three-band photometer and three spectrometers that will cover the 0.5 µm to 7.8 µm region of the electromagnetic spectrum. The payload is designed to perform primary and secondary transit spectroscopy, and to measure spectrally resolved phase curves with a stability of < 100 ppm (goal 10 ppm). Observing from an L2 orbit, ARIEL will provide the first statistically significant spectroscopic survey of hot and warm planets. These are an ideal laboratory in which to study the chemistry, the formation and the evolution processes of exoplanets, to constrain the thermodynamics, composition and structure of their atmospheres, and to investigate the properties of the clouds.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2018
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 10698, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 106980H (12 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2311838
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Enzo Pascale, La Sapienza Univ. di Roma (Italy)
Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Naidu Bezawada, UKATC, Royal Observatory (United Kingdom)
Joanna Barstow, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Jean-Philippe Beaulieu, Sorbonne Univ., CNRS, Institut dAstrophysique de Paris (France)
Neil Bowles, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Vincent Coudé du Foresto, LESIA Observatoire de Paris (France)
Athena Coustenis, LESIA Observatoire de Paris (France)
Leen Decin, Institute of Astronomy Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
Pierre Drossart, LESIA Observatoire de Paris (France)
Paul Eccleston, RAL Space, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Therese Encrenaz, LESIA Observatoire de Paris (France)
Francois Forget, LMD (France)
Matt Griffin, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Manuel Güdel, Institut fuer Astrophysik der Univ. Wien (Austria)
Paul Hartogh, MPI for Solar System Research (Germany)
Astrid Heske, ESA, Directorate of Science, ESTEC (Netherlands)
Pierre-Olivier Lagage, SAp, CEA-Saclay (France)
Jeremy Leconte, Univ. of Bordeaux (France)
Pino Malaguti, INAF - IASF Bologna (Italy)
Giusi Micela, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo (Italy)
Kevin Middleton, RAL Space, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Michiel Min, SRON (Netherlands)
Andrea Moneti, Sorbonne Univ., CNRS, Institut dAstrophysique de Paris (France)
Juan Carlos Morales, Institut de Ciencies de lEspai, (CSIC-IEEC) (Spain)
Lorenzo Mugnai, La Sapienza Univ. di Roma (Italy)
Marc Ollivier, LESIA Observatoire de Paris (France)
Emanuele Pace, Univ. of Florence (Italy)
Andreas Papageorgiou, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Goran Pilbratt, ESA, Directorate of Science, ESTEC (Netherlands)
Ludovic Puig, ESA, Directorate of Science, ESTEC (Netherlands)
Miroslaw Rataj, Space Research Ctr. Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland)
Tom Ray, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (Ireland)
Ignasi Ribas, Institut de Ciencies de lEspai, (CSIC-IEEC) (Spain)
Marco Rocchetto, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Subhajit Sarkar, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Franck Selsis, Univ. of Bordeaux (France)
William Taylor, UKATC, Royal Observatory (United Kingdom)
Jonathan Tennyson, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Giovanna Tinetti, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Diego Turrini, INAF-IAPS (Italy)
Bart Vandenbussche, Institute of Astronomy Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
Olivia Venot, Lab. Interuniversitaire des Systèmes Atmosphériques, CNRS, Univ. Paris Est Créteil (France)
Univ. Paris Diderot, Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (France)
Ingo P. Waldmann, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Paulina Wolkenberg, Space Research Ctr. Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland)
INAF-IAPS (Italy)
Gillian Wright, UKATC, Royal Observatory (United Kingdom)
Maria-Rosa Zapatero Osorio, CAB (Spain)
Tiziano Zingales, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10698:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Makenzie Lystrup; Howard A. MacEwen; Giovanni G. Fazio; Natalie Batalha; Nicholas Siegler; Edward C. Tong, Editor(s)

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