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Paper Abstract

Direct detection and spectral characterization of extra-solar planets is one of the most exciting but also one of the most challenging areas in modern astronomy. The challenge consists in the very large contrast between the host star and the planet, larger than 12.5 magnitudes at very small angular separations, typically inside the seeing halo. The whole design of a "Planet Finder" instrument is therefore optimized towards reaching the highest contrast in a limited field of view and at short distances from the central star. Both evolved and young planetary systems can be detected, respectively through their reflected light and through the intrinsic planet emission. We present the science objectives, conceptual design and expected performance of the SPHERE instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7014, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II, 701418 (25 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790120
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Jean-Luc Beuzit, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble, CNRS, Univ. Jean Fourier (France)
Markus Feldt, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Kjetil Dohlen, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS, Univ. de Provence (France)
David Mouillet, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble, CNRS, Univ. Jean Fourier (France)
Pascal Puget, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble, CNRS, Univ. Jean Fourier (France)
Francois Wildi, Observatoire Astronomique de l'Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
Lyu Abe, Lab. H. Fizeau, UNS/CNRS/OCA (France)
Jacopo Antichi, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, INAF (Italy)
Andrea Baruffolo, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, INAF (Italy)
Pierre Baudoz, LESIA, CNRS/Observatoire de Paris (France)
Anthony Boccaletti, LESIA, CNRS/Observatoire de Paris (France)
Marcel Carbillet, Lab. H. Fizeau, UNS/CNRS/OCA (France)
Julien Charton, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble, CNRS, Univ. Jean Fourier (France)
Riccardo Claudi, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, INAF (Italy)
Mark Downing, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Christophe Fabron, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS, Univ. de Provence (France)
Philippe Feautrier, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble, CNRS, Univ. Jean Fourier (France)
Enrico Fedrigo, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Thierry Fusco, ONERA (France)
Jean-Luc Gach, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS, Univ. de Provence (France)
Raffaele Gratton, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, INAF (Italy)
Thomas Henning, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Norbert Hubin, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Franco Joos, Institute of Astronomy, ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
Markus Kasper, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Maud Langlois, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS, Univ. de Provence (France)
Rainer Lenzen, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Claire Moutou, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS, Univ. de Provence (France)
Alexey Pavlov, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Cyril Petit, ONERA (France)
Johan Pragt, NOVA/ASTRON (Netherlands)
Patrick Rabou, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble, CNRS, Univ. Jean Fourier (France)
Florence Rigal, NOVA/ASTRON (Netherlands)
Ronald Roelfsema, NOVA/ASTRON (Netherlands)
Gérard Rousset, LESIA, CNRS/Observatoire de Paris (France)
Michel Saisse, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS, Univ. de Provence (France)
Hans-Martin Schmid, Institute of Astronomy, ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
Eric Stadler, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble, CNRS, Univ. Jean Fourier (France)
Christian Thalmann, Institute of Astronomy, ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
Massimo Turatto, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, INAF (Italy)
Stéphane Udry, Observatoire Astronomique de l'Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
Farrokh Vakili, Lab. H. Fizeau, UNS/CNRS/OCA (France)
Rens Waters, Univ. van Amsterdam (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7014:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II
Ian S. McLean; Mark M. Casali, Editor(s)

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