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EPICS: the exoplanet imager for the E-ELT

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Markus E. Kasper, Natalia Yaitskova, Norbert Hubin, Florian Kerber

European Southern Observatory (Germany)

Jean-Luc Beuzit, Christophe Verinaud

Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)

Pierre Baudoz, Anthony Boccaletti

LESIA, Observatoire de Paris à Meudon (France)

Raffaele G. Gratton

Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)

Ronald Roelfsema

ASTRON (Netherlands) and NOVA, Univ. Utrecht (Netherlands)

Hans Martin Schmid

ETH Zürich (Switzerland)

Niranjan A. Thatte

Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)

K. Dohlen

LAM (France)

M. Feldt

Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)

Lars Venema

ASTRON (Netherlands)

S. Wolf

Christian-Albrechts-Univ. zu Kiel (Germany)

Proc. SPIE 7015, Adaptive Optics Systems, 70151S (July 11, 2008); doi:10.1117/12.789047
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  • Adaptive Optics Systems
  • Norbert Hubin; Claire E. Max; Peter L. Wizinowich
  • Marseille, France | June 23, 2008


Presently, dedicated instrument developments at large telescopes (SPHERE for the VLT, GPI for Gemini) are about to discover and explore self-luminous giant planets by direct imaging and spectroscopy. The next generation of 30m-40m ground-based telescopes, the Extremely Large Telescopes (ELTs), have the potential to dramatically enlarge the discovery space towards older giant planets seen in reflected light and ultimately even a small number of rocky planets. EPICS is a proposed instrument for the European ELT, dedicated to the detection and characterization of expolanets by direct imaging and spectroscopy. ESO recently launched a phase-A study for EPICS with a large European consortium which - by simulations and demonstration experiments - will investigate state-of-the-art diffraction and speckle suppression techniques to deliver highest contrasts. The final result of the study in 2010 will be a conceptual design and a development plan for the instrument. Here we present first results from the phase-A study and discuss the main challenges and science capabilities of EPICS.

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Markus E. Kasper ; Jean-Luc Beuzit ; Christophe Verinaud ; Natalia Yaitskova ; Pierre Baudoz, et al.
"EPICS: the exoplanet imager for the E-ELT", Proc. SPIE 7015, Adaptive Optics Systems, 70151S (July 11, 2008); doi:10.1117/12.789047; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.789047

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