The Antarctic planet interferometer

Mark R. Swain, Christopher K. Walker, Wesley A. Traub, John W. Storey, Vincent Coudé Du Foresto, Eric Fossat, Farrok Vakili, Antony A. Stark, James P. Lloyd, Peter R. Lawson, Adam S. Burrows, Michael Ireland, Rafael Millan-Gabet, Gerard T. Van Belle, Benjamin Lane, Gautam Vasisht, Tony Travouillon

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The Antarctic Planet Interferometer is a concept for an instrument designed to detect and characterize extrasolar planets by exploiting the unique potential of the best accessible site on earth for thermal infrared interferometry. High-precision interferometric techniques under development for extrasolar planet detection and characterization (differential phase, nulling and astrometry) all benefit substantially from the slow, low-altitude turbulence, low water vapor content, and low temperature found on the Antarctic plateau. At the best of these locations, such as the Concordia base being developed at Dome C, an interferometer with two-meter diameter class apertures has the potential to deliver unique science for a variety of topics, including extrasolar planets, active galactic nuclei, young stellar objects, and protoplanetary disks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number21
Pages (from-to)176-185
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Issue numberPART 1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
EventNew Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 21 2004Jun 25 2004


  • Antarctica
  • Exoplanets
  • Infrared
  • Interferometer

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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    Swain, M. R., Walker, C. K., Traub, W. A., Storey, J. W., Du Foresto, V. C., Fossat, E., Vakili, F., Stark, A. A., Lloyd, J. P., Lawson, P. R., Burrows, A. S., Ireland, M., Millan-Gabet, R., Van Belle, G. T., Lane, B., Vasisht, G., & Travouillon, T. (2004). The Antarctic planet interferometer. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 5491(PART 1), 176-185. [21].