19 August 2009 SPHERE: the VLT planet imager in the post FDR phase
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SPHERE, the ESO extra-solar planet imager for the VLT is aimed at the direct detection and spectral characterization of extra-solar planets. Its whole design is optimized towards reaching the highest contrast in a limited field of view and at short distances from the central star. SPHERE has passed its Final Design Review (FDR) in December 2008 and it is in the manufacturing and integration phase. We review the most challenging specifications and expected performance of this instrument; then we present the latest stage of the design chosen to meet the specifications, the progress in the manufacturing as well as the integration and test strategy to insure gradual verification of performances at all levels.
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Francois Wildi, Francois Wildi, Jean-Luc Beuzit, Jean-Luc Beuzit, Markus Feldt, Markus Feldt, David Mouillet, David Mouillet, Kjetil Dohlen, Kjetil Dohlen, Pascal Puget, Pascal Puget, Andrea Baruffolo, Andrea Baruffolo, Julien Charton, Julien Charton, Pierre Baudoz, Pierre Baudoz, Anthony Boccaletti, Anthony Boccaletti, Lyu Abe, Lyu Abe, Riccardo Claudi, Riccardo Claudi, Philippe Feautrier, Philippe Feautrier, Thierry Fusco, Thierry Fusco, Raffaele Gratton, Raffaele Gratton, Norbert Hubin, Norbert Hubin, Markus Kasper, Markus Kasper, Maud Langlois, Maud Langlois, Rainer Lenzen, Rainer Lenzen, Alexey Pavlov, Alexey Pavlov, Cyril Petit, Cyril Petit, Johan Pragt, Johan Pragt, Patrick Rabou, Patrick Rabou, Ronald Roelfsema, Ronald Roelfsema, Michel Saisse, Michel Saisse, Hans Martin Schmid, Hans Martin Schmid, Eric Stadler, Eric Stadler, Claire Moutou, Claire Moutou, Massimo Turatto, Massimo Turatto, Stephane Udry, Stephane Udry, Rens Waters, Rens Waters, Thomas Henning, Thomas Henning, Anne-Marie Lagrange, Anne-Marie Lagrange, Farrokh Vakili, Farrokh Vakili, } "SPHERE: the VLT planet imager in the post FDR phase", Proc. SPIE 7440, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets IV, 74400P (19 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.826521; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.826521
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