28 June 2006 SPHERE: A planet finder instrument for the VLT
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The Planet Finder instrument for ESO's VLT telescope, scheduled for first light in 2010, aims to detect giant extra-solar planets in the vicinity of bright stars and to characterise the objects found through spectroscopic and polarimetric observations. The observations will be done both within the Y, J, H and Ks atmospheric windows (~0.95 - 2.32μm) by the aid of a dual imaging camera (IRDIS) and an integral field spectrograph (IFS), and in the visible using a fast-modulation polarization camera (ZIMPOL). The instrument employs an extreme-AO turbulence compensation system, focal plane tip-tilt correction, and interferential coronagraphs. We describe briefly the science goals of the instrument and deduce the top-level requirements. The system architecture is presented, including brief descriptions of each of the main sub-systems. Expected performance is described in terms of end-to-end simulations, and a semi-analytic performance-estimation tool for system-level sensitivity analysis is presented.
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Kjetil Dohlen, Kjetil Dohlen, Jean-Luc Beuzit, Jean-Luc Beuzit, Markus Feldt, Markus Feldt, David Mouillet, David Mouillet, Pascal Puget, Pascal Puget, Jacopo Antichi, Jacopo Antichi, Andrea Baruffolo, Andrea Baruffolo, Pierre Baudoz, Pierre Baudoz, Alessandro Berton, Alessandro Berton, Anthony Boccaletti, Anthony Boccaletti, Marcel Carbillet, Marcel Carbillet, Julien Charton, Julien Charton, Riccardo Claudi, Riccardo Claudi, Mark Downing, Mark Downing, Christophe Fabron, Christophe Fabron, Philippe Feautrier, Philippe Feautrier, Enrico Fedrigo, Enrico Fedrigo, Thierry Fusco, Thierry Fusco, Jean-Luc Gach, Jean-Luc Gach, Raffaele Gratton, Raffaele Gratton, Norbert Hubin, Norbert Hubin, Markus Kasper, Markus Kasper, Maud Langlois, Maud Langlois, Andy Longmore, Andy Longmore, Claire Moutou, Claire Moutou, Cyril Petit, Cyril Petit, Johan Pragt, Johan Pragt, Patrick Rabou, Patrick Rabou, Gerard Rousset, Gerard Rousset, Michel Saisse, Michel Saisse, Hans-Martin Schmid, Hans-Martin Schmid, Eric Stadler, Eric Stadler, Daphne Stamm, Daphne Stamm, Massimo Turatto, Massimo Turatto, Rens Waters, Rens Waters, Francois Wildi, Francois Wildi, } "SPHERE: A planet finder instrument for the VLT", Proc. SPIE 6269, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy, 62690Q (28 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671537; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.671537
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