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Mid-infrared interferometry on the Chajnantor plateau: the ALIRA project
Author(s): Vincent Coude du Foresto; Jean Louis Schneider; Guy S. Perrin; Pierre J. Lena; Anne Dutrey
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Paper Abstract

We propose here to extend ALMA toward the mid-IR wavelength band. We discuss technical aspects and show a scientific breakthrough which would come out of that extension. On the technical side, we consider in particular the following problems raised by its implementation: -Telescope coupling -Beam transportation -Optical pathlength control Alternatively, a solution using heterodyne detection could be considered. As for the scientific programs which could benefit from this proposal, we consider essentially the investigation of extrasolar planets.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2003
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 4838, Interferometry for Optical Astronomy II, (21 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.459944
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Vincent Coude du Foresto, LESIA/Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
Jean Louis Schneider, LUTH/Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
Guy S. Perrin, LESIA/Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
Pierre J. Lena, LESIA/Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
Anne Dutrey, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4838:
Interferometry for Optical Astronomy II
Wesley A. Traub, Editor(s)

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