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PLANET III: searching for Earth-mass planets via microlensing from Dome C?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 January 2006

J. P. Beaulieu
Affiliation:
Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, 98bis Boulevard Arago, 75014 Paris, France
A. Cassan
Affiliation:
Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, 98bis Boulevard Arago, 75014 Paris, France
D. Kubas
Affiliation:
Universität Potsdam, Astrophysik, Am Neuen Palais 10, 14469 Potsdam, Germany
M. Albrow
Affiliation:
Univ. of Canterbury, Dept. of Astronomy, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, New Zealand
D. Bennett
Affiliation:
Univ. of Notre Dame, Dept. of Physics, 225 Nieuwland Science Hall Notre Dame, USA
S. Brillant
Affiliation:
European Southern Observatory, Casilla 19001, Vitacura 19, Santiago, Chile
J. A.R. Caldwell
Affiliation:
University of Texas, McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis, TX 79734, USA
H. Calitz
Affiliation:
Dept. Physics/Boyden Obs., University of the Free State, Bloemfontein 9300, South Africa
K. Cook
Affiliation:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab., PO Box 808, Livermore, CA 94551-0808, USA
C. Coutures
Affiliation:
DSM/DAPNIA, CEA Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex, France
M. Dominik
Affiliation:
Univ. of St. Andrews, North Haugh, St. Andrews, KY16 9SS, UK
D. Dominis
Affiliation:
Universität Potsdam, Astrophysik, Am Neuen Palais 10, 14469 Potsdam, Germany
J. Donatowicz
Affiliation:
Technical Univ. of Vienna, Dept. of Computing, Wiedner Hauptstrasse 10, Vienna, Austria
P. Fouqué
Affiliation:
Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, UMR 5572, 14 avenue Edouard Belin, 31400 Toulouse, France
J. Greenhill
Affiliation:
Univ. of Tasmania, Physics Department, GPO 252C, Hobart, Tasmania 7001, Australia
K. Hill
Affiliation:
Univ. of Tasmania, Physics Department, GPO 252C, Hobart, Tasmania 7001, Australia
M. Hoffman
Affiliation:
Dept. Physics/Boyden Obs., University of the Free State, Bloemfontein 9300, South Africa
K. Horne
Affiliation:
Univ. of St. Andrews, North Haugh, St. Andrews, KY16 9SS, UK
U. G. Jørgensen
Affiliation:
Niels Bohr Inst., Juliane Maries Vej 30, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
S. Kane
Affiliation:
Univ. of St. Andrews, North Haugh, St. Andrews, KY16 9SS, UK
R. Martin
Affiliation:
Perth Observatory, Walnut Road, Bickley, Perth 6076, Australia
P. Mientjes
Affiliation:
Dept. Physics/Boyden Obs., University of the Free State, Bloemfontein 9300, South Africa
J. M. Menzies
Affiliation:
South African Astronomical Observatory, PO Box 9 Observatory 7935, South Africa
K. Pollard
Affiliation:
Univ. of Canterbury, Dept. of Astronomy, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, New Zealand
K. Sahu
Affiliation:
Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
C. Vinter
Affiliation:
Niels Bohr Inst., Juliane Maries Vej 30, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
J. Wambsganss
Affiliation:
DSM/DAPNIA, CEA Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex, France
A. Williams
Affiliation:
Perth Observatory, Walnut Road, Bickley, Perth 6076, Australia
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Abstract

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.

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