EAS Publications Series
Volume 8, 2003Astronomy with High Contrast Imaging
|Page(s)||193 - 199|
|Published online||28 May 2003|
Claude Aime and Rémi Soummer (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 8 (2003) 193-199
"Planet Finder" on the VLT: context, goals and critical specifications for adaptive optics
Laboratoire d'Astrophysique, Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, France
2 DOTA, Office National d' Études et Recherches Aérospatiales, France
3 Laboratoire d'Astrophysique, Observatoire de Grenoble, France
ESO offers the opportunity to install a new (second generation) instrumentation on 8-m telescopes before 2010, for a wide community. We, as a consortium, argue that it is possible to develop a high contrast imager that will improve significantly or will complement current and forthcoming instruments. This project would benefit a interesting number of astrophysical issues; it will also prepare later more ambitious ground-based imagers or space-based high contrast instruments. The limitations of the turbulence are severe and demand very performant adaptive optics. This critical question is addressed specifically.
© EAS, EDP Sciences, 2003
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