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SPICES: a 1.5-m space coronagraph for spectro-polarimetric characterization of cold exoplanets
Author(s): Anne-Lise Maire; Anthony Boccaletti; Jean Schneider; Raphaël Galicher; Pierre Baudoz; Daphne Stam; Wesley Traub; Pierre-Olivier Lagage; Raffaele Gratton
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Paper Abstract

The study of the physico-chemical properties of wide-separated exoplanets (> 1 AU) is a major goal of high-contrast imaging techniques. SPICES (Spectro-Polarimetric Imaging and Characterization of Exoplanetary Systems) is a project of space coronagraph dedicated to the spectro-polarimetric analysis of gas and ice giant planets, super-Earths and circumstellar disks in visible light at a spectral resolution of about 40. After recalling the science cases of the mission, we describe the optical design and the critical subsystems of the instrument. We then discuss the SPICES performance that we derived from numerical simulations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 September 2012
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8442, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 84420I (21 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925559
Show Author Affiliations
Anne-Lise Maire, LESIA, CNRS, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Anthony Boccaletti, LESIA, CNRS, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Jean Schneider, LUTH, CNRS, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Raphaël Galicher, NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (Canada)
Pierre Baudoz, LESIA, CNRS, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Daphne Stam, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)
Wesley Traub, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Pierre-Olivier Lagage, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique (France)
Raffaele Gratton, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8442:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Mark C. Clampin; Giovanni G. Fazio; Howard A. MacEwen; Jacobus M. Oschmann, Editor(s)

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