Infrared photometry with 'wall-eyed' pointing at the Large Binocular Telescope

Eckhart Spalding, Andrew Skemer, Philip M. Hinz, John M. Hill

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Abstract

The brightness and variability of the atmosphere in the thermal infrared poses obstacles to precision photometry measurements. The need to remove atmospheric effects calls for the use of a comparison star, but it is usually impossible to fit both science and comparison targets on current long-wavelength (>2 μm) detectors. We present a new pointing mode at the Large Binocular Telescope, which has twin 8.4-m primary mirrors that can be pointed up to ∼2 arcminutes apart and allow the placement of both targets on a small-field infrared detector. We present an observation of the primary transit of an exoplanet in front of its host star, and use it to provide preliminary constraints on the attainable photometric precision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
EditorsLuc Simard, Christopher J. Evans, Hideki Takami
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Electronic)9781510601956
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
EventGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 26 2016Jun 30 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume9908
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Other

OtherGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh
Period6/26/166/30/16

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Keywords

  • Exoplanet transit
  • Infrared
  • LBT
  • LBTI
  • Photometry
  • XO-2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Spalding, E., Skemer, A., Hinz, P. M., & Hill, J. M. (2016). Infrared photometry with 'wall-eyed' pointing at the Large Binocular Telescope. In L. Simard, C. J. Evans, & H. Takami (Eds.), Ground-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI [99083C] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 9908). SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2233811