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Paper Abstract

The Antarctic Planet Interferometer is a concept for an instrument designed to detect and characterize extrasolar planets by exploiting the unique potential of the best accessible site on earth for thermal infrared interferometry. High-precision interferometric techniques under development for extrasolar planet detection and characterization (differential phase, nulling and astrometry) all benefit substantially from the slow, low-altitude turbulence, low water vapor content, and low temperature found on the Antarctic plateau. At the best of these locations, such as the Concordia base being developed at Dome C, an interferometer with two-meter diameter class apertures has the potential to deliver unique science for a variety of topics, including extrasolar planets, active galactic nuclei, young stellar objects, and protoplanetary disks.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5491, New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry, (20 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.552221
Show Author Affiliations
Mark R. Swain, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Christopher K. Walker, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Wesley Arthur Traub, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
John W.V. Storey, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Vincent Coude du Foresto, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
Eric Fossat, Univ. de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)
Farrokh Vakili, Univ. de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)
Anthony A. Stark, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
James P. Lloyd, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Peter R. Lawson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Adam S. Burrows, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Michael Ireland, Univ. of Sydney (Australia)
Rafael Millan-Gabet, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Gerard Theodore van Belle, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Benjamin F. Lane, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Gautam Vasisht, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Tony Travouillon, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)


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

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