EAS Publications Series
Volume 14, 2005Dome C Astronomy and Astrophysics Meeting
|Page(s)||297 - 302|
|Published online||05 January 2006|
M. Giard, F. Casoli and F. Paletou (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 14 (2005) 297-302
PLANET III: searching for Earth-mass planets via microlensing from Dome C?
Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, 98bis Boulevard Arago, 75014 Paris, France
2 Universität Potsdam, Astrophysik, Am Neuen Palais 10, 14469 Potsdam, Germany
3 Univ. of Canterbury, Dept. of Astronomy, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, New Zealand
4 Univ. of Notre Dame, Dept. of Physics, 225 Nieuwland Science Hall Notre Dame, USA
5 European Southern Observatory, Casilla 19001, Vitacura 19, Santiago, Chile
6 University of Texas, McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis, TX 79734, USA
7 Dept. Physics/Boyden Obs., University of the Free State, Bloemfontein 9300, South Africa
8 Lawrence Livermore National Lab., PO Box 808, Livermore, CA 94551-0808, USA
9 DSM/DAPNIA, CEA Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex, France
10 Univ. of St. Andrews, North Haugh, St. Andrews, KY16 9SS, UK
11 Technical Univ. of Vienna, Dept. of Computing, Wiedner Hauptstrasse 10, Vienna, Austria
12 Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, UMR 5572, 14 avenue Edouard Belin, 31400 Toulouse, France
13 Univ. of Tasmania, Physics Department, GPO 252C, Hobart, Tasmania 7001, Australia
14 Niels Bohr Inst., Juliane Maries Vej 30, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
15 Perth Observatory, Walnut Road, Bickley, Perth 6076, Australia
16 South African Astronomical Observatory, PO Box 9 Observatory 7935, South Africa
17 Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
PLANET, the Probing Lensing Anomaly NETwork, is an international team conducting observations of on-going gravitational microlensing events from five sites in the southern hemisphere. Our primary goal is to detect or to put constraints on sub-stellar companions of M dwarfs from the galactic disk. We report the current status and discuss the future prospects. A 2 m robotic telescope at Dome C which would benefit from continuous coverage and dream like seeing (median of 0.27 arcsec) is currently the best option for a ground based aggressive search for Earth-mass planets in the habitable zone.
© EAS, EDP Sciences, 2005
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