16 September 2015 Exoplanet science with the LBTI: instrument status and plans
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The Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI) is a strategic instrument of the LBT designed for highsensitivity, high-contrast, and high-resolution infrared (1.5-13 μm) imaging of nearby planetary systems. To carry out a wide range of high-spatial resolution observations, it can combine the two AO-corrected 8.4-m apertures of the LBT in various ways including direct (non-interferometric) imaging, coronagraphy (APP and AGPM), Fizeau imaging, non-redundant aperture masking, and nulling interferometry. It also has broadband, narrowband, and spectrally dispersed capabilities. In this paper, we review the performance of these modes in terms of exoplanet science capabilities and describe recent instrumental milestones such as first-light Fizeau images (with the angular resolution of an equivalent 22.8-m telescope) and deep interferometric nulling observations.
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D. Defrère, D. Defrère, P. Hinz, P. Hinz, A. Skemer, A. Skemer, V. Bailey, V. Bailey, E. Downey, E. Downey, O. Durney, O. Durney, J. Eisner, J. Eisner, J. M. Hill, J. M. Hill, W. F. Hoffmann, W. F. Hoffmann, J. Leisenring, J. Leisenring, T. McMahon, T. McMahon, M. Montoya, M. Montoya, E. Spalding, E. Spalding, J. Stone, J. Stone, A. Vaz, A. Vaz, O. Absil, O. Absil, S. Esposito, S. Esposito, M. Kenworthy, M. Kenworthy, B. Mennesson, B. Mennesson, R. Millan-Gabet, R. Millan-Gabet, M. Nelson, M. Nelson, A. Puglisi, A. Puglisi, M. F. Skrutskie, M. F. Skrutskie, J. Wilson, J. Wilson, "Exoplanet science with the LBTI: instrument status and plans", Proc. SPIE 9605, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VII, 96051G (16 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2188912; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2188912
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