21 September 2012 SPICES: a 1.5-m space coronagraph for spectro-polarimetric characterization of cold exoplanets
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The study of the physico-chemical properties of wide-separated exoplanets (> 1 AU) is a major goal of high-contrast imaging techniques. SPICES (Spectro-Polarimetric Imaging and Characterization of Exoplanetary Systems) is a project of space coronagraph dedicated to the spectro-polarimetric analysis of gas and ice giant planets, super-Earths and circumstellar disks in visible light at a spectral resolution of about 40. After recalling the science cases of the mission, we describe the optical design and the critical subsystems of the instrument. We then discuss the SPICES performance that we derived from numerical simulations.
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Anne-Lise Maire, Anne-Lise Maire, Anthony Boccaletti, Anthony Boccaletti, Jean Schneider, Jean Schneider, Raphaël Galicher, Raphaël Galicher, Pierre Baudoz, Pierre Baudoz, Daphne Stam, Daphne Stam, Wesley Traub, Wesley Traub, Pierre-Olivier Lagage, Pierre-Olivier Lagage, Raffaele Gratton, Raffaele Gratton, } "SPICES: a 1.5-m space coronagraph for spectro-polarimetric characterization of cold exoplanets", Proc. SPIE 8442, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 84420I (21 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925559; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.925559

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