The NIR arm of SHARK: System for coronagraphy with High-order Adaptive optics from R to K bands

Jacopo Farinato, Carlo Baffa, Andrea Baruffolo, Maria Bergomi, Luca Carbonaro, Alexis Carlotti, Mauro Centrone, Johanan Codona, Marco Dima, Simone Esposito, Daniela Fantinel, Giancarlo Farisato, Wolfgang Gaessler, Emanuele Giallongo, Davide Greggio, Philip Hinz, Franco Lisi, Demetrio Magrin, Luca Marafatto, Fernando PedichiniEnrico Pinna, Alfio Puglisi, Roberto Ragazzoni, Bernardo Salasnich, Marco Stangalini, Christophe Verinaud, Valentina Viotto

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SHARK is a proposal aimed at investigating the technical feasibility and the scientific capabilities of high-contrast cameras to be implemented at the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT). SHARK foresees two separated channels: near-infrared (NIR) channel and visible, both providing imaging and coronagraphic modes. We describe here the SHARK instrument concept, with particular emphasis on the NIR channel at the level of a conceptual study, performed in the framework of the call for proposals for new LBT instruments. The search for giant extra-Solar planets is the main science case, as we will outline in the paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-373
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Astrobiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 26 2015


  • coronagraphy
  • extreme adaptive optics
  • large binocular telescope
  • planet finding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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