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EPICS: the exoplanet imager for the E-ELT
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Presently, dedicated instrument developments at large telescopes (SPHERE for the VLT, GPI for Gemini) are about to discover and explore self-luminous giant planets by direct imaging and spectroscopy. The next generation of 30m-40m ground-based telescopes, the Extremely Large Telescopes (ELTs), have the potential to dramatically enlarge the discovery space towards older giant planets seen in reflected light and ultimately even a small number of rocky planets. EPICS is a proposed instrument for the European ELT, dedicated to the detection and characterization of expolanets by direct imaging and spectroscopy. ESO recently launched a phase-A study for EPICS with a large European consortium which - by simulations and demonstration experiments - will investigate state-of-the-art diffraction and speckle suppression techniques to deliver highest contrasts. The final result of the study in 2010 will be a conceptual design and a development plan for the instrument. Here we present first results from the phase-A study and discuss the main challenges and science capabilities of EPICS.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7015, Adaptive Optics Systems, 70151S (11 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789047
Show Author Affiliations
Markus E. Kasper, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Jean-Luc Beuzit, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Christophe Verinaud, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Natalia Yaitskova, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Pierre Baudoz, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris à Meudon (France)
Anthony Boccaletti, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris à Meudon (France)
Raffaele G. Gratton, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Norbert Hubin, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Florian Kerber, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Ronald Roelfsema, ASTRON (Netherlands)
NOVA, Univ. Utrecht (Netherlands)
Hans Martin Schmid, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
Niranjan A. Thatte, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
K. Dohlen, LAM (France)
M. Feldt, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Lars Venema, ASTRON (Netherlands)
S. Wolf, Christian-Albrechts-Univ. zu Kiel (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7015:
Adaptive Optics Systems
Norbert Hubin; Claire E. Max; Peter L. Wizinowich, Editor(s)

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