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SPHERE: the VLT planet imager in the post FDR phase
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Paper Abstract

SPHERE, the ESO extra-solar planet imager for the VLT is aimed at the direct detection and spectral characterization of extra-solar planets. Its whole design is optimized towards reaching the highest contrast in a limited field of view and at short distances from the central star. SPHERE has passed its Final Design Review (FDR) in December 2008 and it is in the manufacturing and integration phase. We review the most challenging specifications and expected performance of this instrument; then we present the latest stage of the design chosen to meet the specifications, the progress in the manufacturing as well as the integration and test strategy to insure gradual verification of performances at all levels.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 August 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7440, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets IV, 74400P (19 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.826521
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Francois Wildi, Observatoire de Genève (Switzerland)
Jean-Luc Beuzit, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Markus Feldt, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
David Mouillet, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Kjetil Dohlen, Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille-Provence (France)
Pascal Puget, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Andrea Baruffolo, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Julien Charton, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Pierre Baudoz, Lab. d'Etudes Spatiales et d'Instrumentation en Astrophysique (France)
Anthony Boccaletti, Observatoire de Paris à Meudon (France)
Lyu Abe, Lab. Univ. d'Astrophysique de Nice (France)
Riccardo Claudi, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Philippe Feautrier, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Thierry Fusco, Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales (France)
Raffaele Gratton, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Norbert Hubin, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Markus Kasper, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Maud Langlois, Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille-Provence (France)
Rainer Lenzen, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Alexey Pavlov, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Cyril Petit, Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales (France)
Johan Pragt, ASTRON (Netherlands)
Patrick Rabou, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Ronald Roelfsema, ASTRON (Netherlands)
Michel Saisse, Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille-Provence (France)
Hans Martin Schmid, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
Eric Stadler, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Claire Moutou, Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille-Provence (France)
Massimo Turatto, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Stephane Udry, Univ. of Geneva (United States)
Rens Waters, Univ. van Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Thomas Henning, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Anne-Marie Lagrange, Observatoire de Genève (Switzerland)
Farrokh Vakili, Lab. Univ. d'Astrphysique (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7440:
Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets IV
Stuart B. Shaklan, Editor(s)

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