8 July 2014 High-precision polarimetry at the Mont-Mégantic Observatory with the new polarimeter POMM
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A new polarimeter has been built for the “Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic” (POMM) and is now in commissioning phase. It will allow polarization measurements with a precision of 10-6, an improvement by a factor of 100 over the previous observatory polarimeter. The characteristics of the instrument that allow this goal are briefly discussed and the planned science observations are presented. They include exoplanets near their host star (hot Jupiters), transiting exoplanets, stars with debris disks, young stars with proto-planetary disks, brown dwarfs, massive Wolf-Rayet stars and comets. The details of the optical and mechanical designs are presented in two other papers.
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Pierre Bastien, Pierre Bastien, Olivier Hernandez, Olivier Hernandez, Loïc Albert, Loïc Albert, Étienne Artigau, Étienne Artigau, René Doyon, René Doyon, Laurent Drissen, Laurent Drissen, David Lafrenière, David Lafrenière, Antony F. J. Moffat, Antony F. J. Moffat, Nicole St-Louis, Nicole St-Louis, "High-precision polarimetry at the Mont-Mégantic Observatory with the new polarimeter POMM", Proc. SPIE 9147, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 91471S (8 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056789; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2056789
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