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Exoplanet atmospheres at high spectral resolution: A CRIRES survey of hot-Jupiters

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 November 2011

Ignas Snellen
Affiliation:
Leiden Observatory, Leiden University, Postbus 9513, 2300 RA, Leiden, the Netherlands email: snellen@strw.leidenuniv.nl
Remco de Kok
Affiliation:
SRON, Sorbonnelaan 2, 3584 CA Utrecht, The Netherlands
Ernst de Mooij
Affiliation:
Leiden Observatory, Leiden University, Postbus 9513, 2300 RA, Leiden, the Netherlands email: snellen@strw.leidenuniv.nl
Matteo Brogi
Affiliation:
Leiden Observatory, Leiden University, Postbus 9513, 2300 RA, Leiden, the Netherlands email: snellen@strw.leidenuniv.nl
Bas Nefs
Affiliation:
Leiden Observatory, Leiden University, Postbus 9513, 2300 RA, Leiden, the Netherlands email: snellen@strw.leidenuniv.nl
Simon Albrecht
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, and Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA
Corresponding
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Abstract

Recently, we presented the detection of carbon monoxide in the transmission spectrum of extrasolar planet HD209458b, using CRIRES, the Cryogenic high-resolution Infrared Echelle Spectrograph at ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT). The high spectral resolution observations (R=100,000) provide a wealth of information on the planet's orbit, mass, composition, and even on its atmospheric dynamics. The new observational strategy and data analysis techniques open up a whole world of opportunities. We therefore started an ESO large program using CRIRES to explore these, targeting both transiting and non-transiting planets in carbon monoxide, water vapour, and methane. Observations of the latter molecule will also serve as a test-bed for METIS, the proposed mid-infrared imager and spectrograph for the European Extremely Large Telescope.

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Copyright © International Astronomical Union 2011

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