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The PRIMA Astrometric Planet Search project
Author(s): Andreas Quirrenbach; Thomas Henning; Didier Queloz; Simon Albrecht; Eric J. Bakker; Harald Baumeister; Peter Bizenberger; Hannes Bleuler; Rene Dandliker; Jeroen A. de Jong; Michel Fleury; Sabine Frink; Denis Gillet; Walter J. Jaffe; S. Hiddo Hanenburg; Saskia Hekker; Ralf Launhardt; Rudolf S. Le Poole; Charles Maire; Richard Mathar; Philippe Mullhaupt; Koji Murakawa; Francesco Pepe; Johan H. Pragt; Laurent Sache; Olivier Scherler; Damien Segransan; Johny Setiawan; Danuta Sosnowska; Robert N. Tubbs; Lars B. Venema; Karl Wagner; Luc Weber; Rolf Wuethrich
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Paper Abstract

The PRIMA facility will implement dual-star astrometry at the VLTI. We have formed a consortium that will build the PRIMA differential delay lines, develop an astrometric operation and calibration plan, and deliver astrometric data reduction software. This will enable astrometric planet surveys with a target precision of 10μas. Our scientific goals include determining orbital inclinations and masses for planets already known from radial-velocity surveys, searches for planets around stars that are not amenable to high-precision radial-velocity observations, and a search for large rocky planets around nearby low-mass stars.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5491, New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry, (20 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551481
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Andreas Quirrenbach, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Thomas Henning, Max-Planck-Institut fur Astronomie (Germany)
Didier Queloz, Observatoire de Geneve (Switzerland)
Simon Albrecht, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Eric J. Bakker, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Harald Baumeister, Max-Planck-Institut fur Astronomie (Germany)
Peter Bizenberger, Max-Planck-Institut fur Astronomie (Germany)
Hannes Bleuler, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
Rene Dandliker, Univ. de Neuchatel (Switzerland)
Jeroen A. de Jong, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Michel Fleury, Observatoire de Geneve (Switzerland)
Sabine Frink, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Denis Gillet, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
Walter J. Jaffe, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
S. Hiddo Hanenburg, ASTRON (Netherlands)
Saskia Hekker, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Ralf Launhardt, Max-Planck-Institut fur Astronomie (Germany)
Rudolf S. Le Poole, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Charles Maire, Observatoire de Geneve (Switzerland)
Richard Mathar, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Philippe Mullhaupt, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
Koji Murakawa, ASTRON (Netherlands)
Francesco Pepe, Observatoire de Geneve (Switzerland)
Johan H. Pragt, ASTRON (Netherlands)
Laurent Sache, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
Olivier Scherler, Univ. de Neuchatel (Switzerland)
Damien Segransan, Observatoire de Geneve (Switzerland)
Johny Setiawan, Max-Planck-Institut fur Astronomie (Germany)
Danuta Sosnowska, Observatoire de Geneve (Switzerland)
Robert N. Tubbs, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Lars B. Venema, ASTRON (Netherlands)
Karl Wagner, Max-Planck-Institut fur Astronomie (Germany)
Luc Weber, Observatoire de Geneve (Switzerland)
Rolf Wuethrich, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5491:
New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry
Wesley A. Traub, Editor(s)

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