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Design of the instrument and telescope control units integrated subsystem of the ESA-ARIEL payload
Author(s): M. Focardi; E. Pace; M. Farina; A. M. Di Giorgio; C. Sierra-Roig; J. Colome; I. Ribas; L. Gesa Bote; G. Morgante; L. Terenzi; V. Da Deppo; S. Pezzuto; R. Ottensamer; V. Noce; M. Pancrazzi; G. Malaguti; G. Micela; E. Pascale; P. Eccleston; J. Amiaux; C. Cara; E. Tommasi
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Paper Abstract

The Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanets Large-survey (ARIEL)1 Mission has been recently selected by ESA as the fourth medium-class Mission (M4) in the framework of the Cosmic Vision Program. The goal of ARIEL is to investigate, thanks to VIS photometry and IR spectroscopy, the atmospheres of several hundreds of planets orbiting nearby stars in order to address the fundamental questions on how planetary systems form and evolve.2

During its four-years mission, ARIEL will observe several hundreds of exoplanets ranging from Jupiter- and Neptune-size down to super-Earth and Earth-size with its 1 meter-class telescope.3 The analysis of spectra and photometric data 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 orbits around its parent star.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2018
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10698, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 106984P (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2312097
Show Author Affiliations
M. Focardi, INAF-OAA, Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory (Italy)
E. Pace, Univ. of Florence (Italy)
M. Farina, INAF-IAPS, Institute of Space Astrophysics and Planteology (Italy)
A. M. Di Giorgio, INAF-IAPS, Institute of Space Astrophysics and Planetology (Italy)
C. Sierra-Roig, ICE-CSIC, Institute of Space Sciences (Spain)
IEEC, Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (Spain)
J. Colome, ICE-CSIC, Institute of Space Sciences (Spain)
IEEC, Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (Spain)
I. Ribas, ICE-CSIC, Institute of Space Sciences (Spain)
IEEC, Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (Spain)
L. Gesa Bote, ICE-CSIC, Institute of Space Sciences (Spain)
IEEC, Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (Spain)
G. Morgante, INAF-OAS, Astrophysics and Space Science Observatory (Italy)
L. Terenzi, INAF-OAS, Astrophysics and Space Science Observatory (Italy)
V. Da Deppo, CNR-IFN, Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies (Italy)
S. Pezzuto, INAF-IAPS, Institute of Space Astrophysics and Planetology (Italy)
R. Ottensamer, Univ. of Vienna (Austria)
V. Noce, INAF-OAA, Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory (Italy)
M. Pancrazzi, Univ. Florence (Italy)
G. Malaguti, INAF-OAS, Astrophysics and Space Science Observatory (Italy)
G. Micela, INAF-OAPa, Astronomical Observatory of Palermo (Italy)
E. Pascale, Univ. Rome (Italy)
Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
P. Eccleston, STFC-RAL Space, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
J. Amiaux, CEA-Irfu (France)
C. Cara, CEA-Irfu (France)
E. Tommasi, ASI - Italian Space Agency (Italy)


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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