Extrasolar Planet Science with the Antarctic Planet Interferometer

James P. Lloyd, Ben F. Lane, Mark R. Swain, John W. Storey, Tony Travouillon, Wesley A. Traub, Christopher K Walker

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Abstract

The primary limitation to ground based astronomy is the Earth's atmosphere. The atmosphere above the Antarctic plateau is fundamentally different in many regards compared to the atmosphere at temperate sites. The extreme altitude, cold and low humidity offer a uniquely transparent atmosphere at many wavelengths. Studies at the South Pole have shown additionally that the turbulence properties of the night time polar atmosphere are unlike any mid latitude sites. Despite relatively strong ground layer turbulence, the lack of high altitude turbulence combined with low wind speeds presents favorable conditions for interferometry. The unique properties of the polar atmosphere can be exploited for Extrasolar Planet studies with differential astrometry, differential phase and nulling interferometers. This paper combines the available data on the properties of the atmosphere at the South Pole and other Antarctic plateau sites for Extrasolar Planet science with interferometry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsD.R. Coulter
Pages193-199
Number of pages7
Volume5170
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003
EventTechniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplants - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 5 2003Aug 7 2003

Other

OtherTechniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplants
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period8/5/038/7/03

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Extrasolar planets
Planets
extrasolar planets
Interferometers
planets
Turbulence
interferometers
Interferometry
atmospheres
Poles
Earth atmosphere
Astronomy
turbulence
plateaus
Atmospheric humidity
interferometry
poles
Wavelength
astrometry
high altitude

Keywords

  • Atmospheric Turbulence
  • Extrasolar Planets
  • Interferometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Lloyd, J. P., Lane, B. F., Swain, M. R., Storey, J. W., Travouillon, T., Traub, W. A., & Walker, C. K. (2003). Extrasolar Planet Science with the Antarctic Planet Interferometer. In D. R. Coulter (Ed.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 5170, pp. 193-199) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.506895

Extrasolar Planet Science with the Antarctic Planet Interferometer. / Lloyd, James P.; Lane, Ben F.; Swain, Mark R.; Storey, John W.; Travouillon, Tony; Traub, Wesley A.; Walker, Christopher K.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. ed. / D.R. Coulter. Vol. 5170 2003. p. 193-199.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Lloyd, JP, Lane, BF, Swain, MR, Storey, JW, Travouillon, T, Traub, WA & Walker, CK 2003, Extrasolar Planet Science with the Antarctic Planet Interferometer. in DR Coulter (ed.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 5170, pp. 193-199, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplants, San Diego, CA, United States, 8/5/03. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.506895
Lloyd JP, Lane BF, Swain MR, Storey JW, Travouillon T, Traub WA et al. Extrasolar Planet Science with the Antarctic Planet Interferometer. In Coulter DR, editor, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 5170. 2003. p. 193-199 https://doi.org/10.1117/12.506895
Lloyd, James P. ; Lane, Ben F. ; Swain, Mark R. ; Storey, John W. ; Travouillon, Tony ; Traub, Wesley A. ; Walker, Christopher K. / Extrasolar Planet Science with the Antarctic Planet Interferometer. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. editor / D.R. Coulter. Vol. 5170 2003. pp. 193-199
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