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The planet formation imager

The planet formation imager
The planet formation imager

The Planet Formation Imager (PFI, www.planetformationimager.org) is a next-generation infrared interferometer array with the primary goal of imaging the active phases of planet formation in nearby star forming regions. PFI will be sensitive to warm dust emission using mid-infrared capabilities made possible by precise fringe tracking in the near-infrared. An L/M band combiner will be especially sensitive to thermal emission from young exoplanets (and their disks) with a high spectral resolution mode to probe the kinematics of CO and H2O gas. In this paper, we give an overview of the main science goals of PFI, define a baseline PFI architecture that can achieve those goals, point at remaining technical challenges, and suggest activities today that will help make the Planet Formation Imager facility a reality.

Exoplanets, Infrared, Interferometry, Planet formation
0922-6435
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Monnier, John D., Kraus, Stefan, Ireland, Michael J., Baron, Fabien, Bayo, Amelia, Berger, Jean Philippe, Creech-Eakman, Michelle, Dong, Ruobing, Duchêne, Gaspard, Espaillat, Catherine, Haniff, Chris, Hönig, Sebastian, Isella, Andrea, Juhasz, Attila, Labadie, Lucas, Lacour, Sylvestre, Leifer, Stephanie, Merand, Antoine, Michael, Ernest, Minardi, Stefano, Mordasini, Christoph, Mozurkewich, David, Olofsson, Johan, Paladini, Claudia, Petrov, Romain, Pott, Jörg Uwe, Ridgway, Stephen, Rinehart, Stephen, Stassun, Keivan, Surdej, Jean, Brummelaar, Theo Ten, Turner, Neal, Tuthill, Peter, Vahala, Kerry, van Belle, Gerard, Vasisht, Gautam, Wishnow, Ed, Young, John and Zhu, Zhaohuan (2018) The planet formation imager. Experimental Astronomy, 1-13. (doi:10.1007/s10686-018-9594-1).

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Abstract

The Planet Formation Imager (PFI, www.planetformationimager.org) is a next-generation infrared interferometer array with the primary goal of imaging the active phases of planet formation in nearby star forming regions. PFI will be sensitive to warm dust emission using mid-infrared capabilities made possible by precise fringe tracking in the near-infrared. An L/M band combiner will be especially sensitive to thermal emission from young exoplanets (and their disks) with a high spectral resolution mode to probe the kinematics of CO and H2O gas. In this paper, we give an overview of the main science goals of PFI, define a baseline PFI architecture that can achieve those goals, point at remaining technical challenges, and suggest activities today that will help make the Planet Formation Imager facility a reality.

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Accepted/In Press date: 25 May 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 4 July 2018
Keywords: Exoplanets, Infrared, Interferometry, Planet formation

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Local EPrints ID: 424941
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/424941
ISSN: 0922-6435
PURE UUID: 8d45f47f-0638-4818-bfb4-995154cb87da

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Date deposited: 05 Oct 2018 16:30
Last modified: 25 Nov 2021 21:51

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Author: John D. Monnier
Author: Stefan Kraus
Author: Michael J. Ireland
Author: Fabien Baron
Author: Amelia Bayo
Author: Jean Philippe Berger
Author: Michelle Creech-Eakman
Author: Ruobing Dong
Author: Gaspard Duchêne
Author: Catherine Espaillat
Author: Chris Haniff
Author: Andrea Isella
Author: Attila Juhasz
Author: Lucas Labadie
Author: Sylvestre Lacour
Author: Stephanie Leifer
Author: Antoine Merand
Author: Ernest Michael
Author: Stefano Minardi
Author: Christoph Mordasini
Author: David Mozurkewich
Author: Johan Olofsson
Author: Claudia Paladini
Author: Romain Petrov
Author: Jörg Uwe Pott
Author: Stephen Ridgway
Author: Stephen Rinehart
Author: Keivan Stassun
Author: Jean Surdej
Author: Theo Ten Brummelaar
Author: Neal Turner
Author: Peter Tuthill
Author: Kerry Vahala
Author: Gerard van Belle
Author: Gautam Vasisht
Author: Ed Wishnow
Author: John Young
Author: Zhaohuan Zhu

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