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"Planet Finder" on the VLT: context, goals and critical specifications for adaptive optics

  • Claude Aime, Rémi Soummer, D. Mouillet (a1), T. Fusco (a2), A.-M. Lagrange (a3) and J.-L. Beuzit (a3)...

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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.

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"Planet Finder" on the VLT: context, goals and critical specifications for adaptive optics

  • Claude Aime, Rémi Soummer, D. Mouillet (a1), T. Fusco (a2), A.-M. Lagrange (a3) and J.-L. Beuzit (a3)...

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