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ID: 421620.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
EPICS: the exoplanet imager for the E-ELT
Authors:Kasper, M. E.; Beuzit, J.-L.; Verinaud, C.; Yaitskova, N.; Baudoz, P.; Boccaletti, A.; Gratton, R. G.; Hubin, N.; Kerber, F.; Roelfsema, R.; Schmid, H. M.; Thatte, N. A.; Dohlen, K.; Feldt, M.; Venema, L.; Wolf, S.
Publisher:SPIE
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2008
Title of Proceedings:Adaptive Optics Systems
Start Page:70151S-70151S
End Page:12
Volume (in Series):7015
Name of Conference/Meeting:Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description: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.
Comment of the Author/Creator:Date: 2008, July 1, 2008
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Conference-Paper
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
Identifiers:URL:http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2008SPIE.7015E..46K
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