EAS Publications Series
Volume 14, 2005Dome C Astronomy and Astrophysics Meeting
|Page(s)||147 - 154|
|Published online||05 January 2006|
M. Giard, F. Casoli and F. Paletou (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 14 (2005) 147-154
The Potential for Exoplanet Science with Infrared Interferometry at Dome C
Observatoire de Grenoble, 414 rue de la Piscine, BP. 53, 38041
Grenoble Cedex 9, France
The atmosphere above the Concordia station at Dome C Antarctica offers unique advantages to infrared interferometry. No other astronomical technique experiences comparable performance gains relative to other good sites. The dramatic improvement in infrared interferometry performance at the Dome C site enables a relatively modest instrument, based on three m class telescopes, to be capable of extensive unique discovery space science; such an instrument would be especially well-suited to the study of extrasolar planets. The conditions at Concordia are the closest Earth analog to those of space and potentially provide a stepping stone to proposed space interferometers, such as Darwin and TPFI, that will search for biomarkers on other habitable worlds – worlds that may well have been detected initially by an infrared interferometer operating at Dome C.
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