PEPPER: A photometer designed for the direct detection of extrasolar planets

Matthew C. Graham, Dan E. Potter, Laird M Close

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Abstract

PEPPER, a high-speed differential Polarization-Encoded Photometer and Polarimeter, is designed to perform self-calibrated shot noise-limited photometry from the ground to directly detect the light from the phase changes of close-in extrasolar planets. This is accomplished by using high-speed electro-optical switching techniques coupled with zero-read noise photon counting detectors to eliminate errors due to sky and detector gain drift variability. Here we present the design concept behind the photometer mode of PEPPER as well as some initial results from lab and on-sky engineering tests of the prototype instrument. The polarimeter mode of the instrument is presented in a seperate paper.1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsA.F.M. Moorwood, M. Iye
Pages545-552
Number of pages8
Volume5492
EditionPART 1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2004
EventGround-based Instrumentation for Astronomy - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 21 2004Jun 25 2004

Other

OtherGround-based Instrumentation for Astronomy
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period6/21/046/25/04

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Extrasolar planets
Photometers
Polarimeters
polarimeters
extrasolar planets
photometers
sky
high speed
Detectors
Photometry
Shot noise
detectors
shot noise
optical switching
photometry
counting
Photons
prototypes
engineering
Polarization

Keywords

  • Extrasolar planets
  • Photometry
  • Polarimetry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Graham, M. C., Potter, D. E., & Close, L. M. (2004). PEPPER: A photometer designed for the direct detection of extrasolar planets. In A. F. M. Moorwood, & M. Iye (Eds.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (PART 1 ed., Vol. 5492, pp. 545-552) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.552253

PEPPER : A photometer designed for the direct detection of extrasolar planets. / Graham, Matthew C.; Potter, Dan E.; Close, Laird M.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. ed. / A.F.M. Moorwood; M. Iye. Vol. 5492 PART 1. ed. 2004. p. 545-552.

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

Graham, MC, Potter, DE & Close, LM 2004, PEPPER: A photometer designed for the direct detection of extrasolar planets. in AFM Moorwood & M Iye (eds), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. PART 1 edn, vol. 5492, pp. 545-552, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 6/21/04. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.552253
Graham MC, Potter DE, Close LM. PEPPER: A photometer designed for the direct detection of extrasolar planets. In Moorwood AFM, Iye M, editors, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. PART 1 ed. Vol. 5492. 2004. p. 545-552 https://doi.org/10.1117/12.552253
Graham, Matthew C. ; Potter, Dan E. ; Close, Laird M. / PEPPER : A photometer designed for the direct detection of extrasolar planets. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. editor / A.F.M. Moorwood ; M. Iye. Vol. 5492 PART 1. ed. 2004. pp. 545-552
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