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Exoplanet science with the LBTI: instrument status and plans

Defrère, D. and Hinz, P. and Skemer, A. and Bailey, V. and Downey, E. and Durney, O. and Eisner, J. and Hill, J. M. and Hoffmann, W. F. and Leisenring, J. and McMahon, T. and Montoya, M. and Spalding, E. and Stone, J. and Vaz, A. and Absil, O. and Esposito, S. and Kenworthy, M. and Mennesson, B. and Millan-Gabet, R. and Nelson, M. and Puglisi, A. and Skrutskie, M. F. and Wilson, J. (2015) Exoplanet science with the LBTI: instrument status and plans. In: Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VII. Proceedings of SPIE. No.9605. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 96051G. ISBN 978-1-62841-771-5.

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The Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI) is a strategic instrument of the LBT designed for high-sensitivity, high-contrast, and high-resolution infrared (1.5-13 μm) imaging of nearby planetary systems. To carry out a wide range of high-spatial resolution observations, it can combine the two AO-corrected 8.4-m apertures of the LBT in various ways including direct (non-interferometric) imaging, coronagraphy (APP and AGPM), Fizeau imaging, non-redundant aperture masking, and nulling interferometry. It also has broadband, narrowband, and spectrally dispersed capabilities. In this paper, we review the performance of these modes in terms of exoplanet science capabilities and describe recent instrumental milestones such as first-light Fizeau images (with the angular resolution of an equivalent 22.8-m telescope) and deep interferometric nulling observations.

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Leisenring, J.0000-0002-0834-6140
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Kenworthy, M.0000-0002-7064-8270
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Additional Information:© 2015 SPIE. LBTI is funded by a NASA grant in support of the Exoplanet Exploration Program. LMIRCam is funded by the National Science Foundation through grant NSF AST-0705296. The LBT is an international collaboration among institutions in the United States, Italy and Germany. LBT Corporation partners are: The University of Arizona on behalf of the Arizona university system; Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Italy; LBT Beteiligungsgesellschaft, Germany, representing the Max-Planck Society, the Astrophysical Institute Potsdam, and Heidelberg University; The Ohio State University, and The Research Corporation, on behalf of The University of Notre Dame, University of Minnesota and University of Virginia.
Group:Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
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Subject Keywords:LBT, ELT, Fizeau imaging, Infrared interferometry, Exoplanet, Exozodiacal disks
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:9605
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Official Citation:D. Defrère ; P. Hinz ; A. Skemer ; V. Bailey ; E. Downey ; O. Durney ; J. Eisner ; J. M. Hill ; W. F. Hoffmann ; J. Leisenring ; T. McMahon ; M. Montoya ; E. Spalding ; J. Stone ; A. Vaz ; O. Absil ; S. Esposito ; M. Kenworthy ; B. Mennesson ; R. Millan-Gabet ; M. Nelson ; A. Puglisi ; M. F. Skrutskie and J. Wilson " Exoplanet science with the LBTI: instrument status and plans ", Proc. SPIE 9605, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VII, 96051G (September 16, 2015); doi:10.1117/12.2188912;
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Deposited By: Ruth Sustaita
Deposited On:04 Jan 2016 23:03
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