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11 July 2006 Detecting the polarization signatures of extra-solar planets
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Direct detection of the light scattered from extra-solar planets is important in establishing the planet's mass, radius, albedo and nature of the particles in the planetary atmosphere. We describe, and present results from, a new optical polarimeter (PlanetPol) designed to reach fractional polarizations of 10-6 or better from ground-based telescopes, necessary to detect the polarization signature of unresolved hot-Jupiters.
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J. H. Hough, P. W. Lucas, J. A. Bailey, M. Tamura, and E. Hirst "Detecting the polarization signatures of extra-solar planets", Proc. SPIE 6269, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy, 62690S (11 July 2006); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.671016
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