The Gemini NICI Planet-Finding Campaign

Michael C. Liu, Zahed Wahhaj, Beth Biller, Evgenya Shkolnik, Mark Chun, Christ Ftaclas, Doug Toomey, Laird Close, Eric Nielsen, Tom Hayward, Markus Hartung, Etienne Artigau

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Abstract

Direct imaging is one of the most compelling methods for studying the properties and origins of extrasolar planets. The Near-Infrared Coronagraphic Imager (NICI) is the new high-contrast AO imager for the Gemini-South 8.1-meter telescope, tailored to direct detection of extrasolar planets through dual-channel methane-band coronagraphic imaging. Our team has been selected to carry out an extensive (500 hour) observing program beginning in Winter 2008 to detect and characterize extrasolar planets. We briefly describe the science goals, the Campaign design, NICI on-sky performance, and a complementary preparatory search for young nearby low-mass target stars. The Planet-Finding Campaign is expected to be the largest and most sensitive imaging survey to date for massive (∼1 M Jup) planets around other stars.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)461-464
Number of pages4
JournalAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume1094
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 23 2009
Event15th Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems and the Sun - St. Andrews, United Kingdom
Duration: Jul 21 2008Jul 25 2008

Keywords

  • Adaptive optics
  • Brown dwarfs
  • Formation
  • Instrumentation
  • Low-mass
  • Planetary systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Liu, M. C., Wahhaj, Z., Biller, B., Shkolnik, E., Chun, M., Ftaclas, C., Toomey, D., Close, L., Nielsen, E., Hayward, T., Hartung, M., & Artigau, E. (2009). The Gemini NICI Planet-Finding Campaign. AIP Conference Proceedings, 1094, 461-464. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3099148