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Science with EPICS, the E-ELT planet finder

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 November 2011

Raffaele Gratton
Affiliation:
INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Italy email: raffaele.gratton@oapd.inaf.it
Markus Kasper
Affiliation:
European Southern Observatory, Germany
Christophe Vérinaud
Affiliation:
Laboratoire de Astrophysique de Grenoble, France
Mariangela Bonavita
Affiliation:
INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Italy email: raffaele.gratton@oapd.inaf.it University of Toronto, Canada
Hans M. Schmid
Affiliation:
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
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EPICS is the proposed planet finder for the European Extremely Large Telescope. EPICS is a high contrast imager based on a high performing extreme adaptive optics system, a diffraction suppression module, and two scientific instruments: an Integral Field Spectrograph (IFS) for the near infrared (0.95-1.65 μm), and a differential polarization imager (E-POL). Both these instruments should allow imaging and characterization of planets shining in reflected light, possibly down to Earth-size. A few high interesting science cases are presented.

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