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The science of ARIEL (Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey)

[+] Author Affiliations
G. Tinetti, J. Barstow, M Friswell, M. Rocchetto, J. Tennyson, I. P. Waldmann

Univ. College London (United Kingdom)

P. Drossart, A. Coustenis, V. Coudé du Foresto, T. Encrenaz

LESIA – Observatoire de Paris (France)

P. Eccleston

STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)

P. Hartogh

MPI for Solar System Research (Germany)

A. Heske, G. Pilbratt, L. Puig

European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)

J. Leconte

Univ. Bordeaux 1 (France)

G. Micela

INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo (Italy)

M. Ollivier

Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Univ. de Paris-Sud, CNRS (France)

D. Turrini

INAF - IAPS (Italy)

B. Vandenbussche, L. Decin, O. Venot

Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)

P. Wolkenberg, M. Rataj

Space Research Ctr. (Poland)

E. Pascale, M. Griffin, S. Sarkar

Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)

J.-P. Beaulieu, A. Moneti

Institut d'Astrophysique, Univ. Paris VI, CNRS (France)

M. Güdel

Univ. Wien (Austria)

M. Min

SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)

T. Ray

Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (Ireland)

I. Ribas

Institut de Ciències de l'Espai (Spain)

N. Bowles

Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)

F. Forget

Lab. de Météorologie Dynamique (France)

P. O. Lagage

CEA-Saclay (France)

P. Malaguti

CNR-INAF (Italy)

J. C. Morales

Institut de Ciencies de l’Espai (Spain)

E. Pace

Univ. of Florence (Italy)

F. Selsis

Univ. of Bordeaux (France)

W. Taylor, G. Wright

UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)

T. Zingales

Univ. College London (United States)

M. R. Zapatero-Osorio

Ctr. de Astrobiología (Spain)

Proc. SPIE 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 99041X (July 29, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2232370
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  • Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
  • Howard A. MacEwen; Giovanni G. Fazio; Makenzie Lystrup; Natalie Batalha; Nicholas Siegler; Edward C. Tong
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom | June 26, 2016

abstract

The Atmospheric Remote-Sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey (ARIEL) is one of the three candidate missions selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) for its next medium-class science mission due for launch in 2026. The goal of the ARIEL mission is to investigate the atmospheres of several hundred planets orbiting distant stars in order to address the fundamental questions on how planetary systems form and evolve. During its four (with a potential extension to six) years mission ARIEL will observe 500+ exoplanets in the visible and the infrared with its meter-class telescope in L2. ARIEL targets will include gaseous and rocky planets down to the Earth-size around different types of stars. The main focus of the mission will be on hot and warm planets orbiting close to their star, as they represent a natural laboratory in which to study the chemistry and formation of exoplanets. The ARIEL mission concept has been developed by a consortium of more than 50 institutes from 12 countries, which include UK, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Ireland and Portugal. The analysis of the ARIEL spectra and photometric data in the 0.5-7.8 micron range will allow to extract the chemical fingerprints of gases and condensates in the planets’ atmospheres, including the elemental composition for the most favorable targets. It will also enable the study of thermal and scattering properties of the atmosphere as the planet orbit around the star. ARIEL will have an open data policy, enabling rapid access by the general community to the high-quality exoplanet spectra that the core survey will deliver. © (2016) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
Citation

G. Tinetti ; P. Drossart ; P. Eccleston ; P. Hartogh ; A. Heske, et al.
" The science of ARIEL (Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey) ", Proc. SPIE 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 99041X (July 29, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2232370; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2232370


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