SPICES: Spectro-polarimetric imaging and characterization of exoplanetary systems: From planetary disks to nearby Super Earths

Anthony Boccaletti, Jean Schneider, Wes Traub, Pierre Olivier Lagage, Daphne Stam, Raffaele Gratton, John Trauger, Kerri Cahoy, Frans Snik, Pierre Baudoz, Raphael Galicher, Jean Michel Reess, Dimitri Mawet, Jean Charles Augereau, Jenny Patience, Marc Kuchner, Mark Wyatt, Eric Pantin, Anne Lise Maire, Christophe VérinaudSamuel Ronayette, Didier Dubreuil, Michiel Min, Michiel Rodenhuis, Dino Mesa, Russ Belikov, Olivier Guyon, Motohide Tamura, Naoshi Murakami, Ingrid Mary Beerer

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Abstract

SPICES (Spectro-Polarimetric Imaging and Characterization of Exoplanetary Systems) is a five-year M-class mission proposed to ESA Cosmic Vision. Its purpose is to image and characterize long-period extrasolar planets and circumstellar disks in the visible (450-900 nm) at a spectral resolution of about 40 using both spectroscopy and polarimetry. By 2020/2022, present and near-term instruments will have found several tens of planets that SPICES will be able to observe and study in detail. Equipped with a 1. 5 m telescope, SPICES can preferentially access exoplanets located at several AUs (0. 5-10 AU) from nearby stars (<25 pc) with masses ranging from a few Jupiter masses to Super Earths (~2 Earth radii, ~10 M ) as well as circumstellar disks as faint as a few times the zodiacal light in the Solar System.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-384
Number of pages30
JournalExperimental Astronomy
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012

Keywords

  • Exoplanets
  • High contrast imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Boccaletti, A., Schneider, J., Traub, W., Lagage, P. O., Stam, D., Gratton, R., Trauger, J., Cahoy, K., Snik, F., Baudoz, P., Galicher, R., Reess, J. M., Mawet, D., Augereau, J. C., Patience, J., Kuchner, M., Wyatt, M., Pantin, E., Maire, A. L., ... Beerer, I. M. (2012). SPICES: Spectro-polarimetric imaging and characterization of exoplanetary systems: From planetary disks to nearby Super Earths. Experimental Astronomy, 34(2), 355-384. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10686-012-9290-5