Experimental Astronomy

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 355–384 | Cite as

SPICES: spectro-polarimetric imaging and characterization of exoplanetary systems

From planetary disks to nearby Super Earths
  • Anthony Boccaletti
  • Jean Schneider
  • Wes Traub
  • Pierre-Olivier Lagage
  • Daphne Stam
  • Raffaele Gratton
  • John Trauger
  • Kerri Cahoy
  • Frans Snik
  • Pierre Baudoz
  • Raphael Galicher
  • Jean-Michel Reess
  • Dimitri Mawet
  • Jean-Charles Augereau
  • Jenny Patience
  • Marc Kuchner
  • Mark Wyatt
  • Eric Pantin
  • Anne-Lise Maire
  • Christophe Vérinaud
  • Samuel Ronayette
  • Didier Dubreuil
  • Michiel Min
  • Michiel Rodenhuis
  • Dino Mesa
  • Russ Belikov
  • Olivier Guyon
  • Motohide Tamura
  • Naoshi Murakami
  • Ingrid Mary Beerer
  • SPICES team
Original Article

Abstract

SPICES (Spectro-Polarimetric Imaging and Characterization of Exoplanetary Systems) is a five-year M-class mission proposed to ESA Cosmic Vision. Its purpose is to image and characterize long-period extrasolar planets and circumstellar disks in the visible (450–900 nm) at a spectral resolution of about 40 using both spectroscopy and polarimetry. By 2020/2022, present and near-term instruments will have found several tens of planets that SPICES will be able to observe and study in detail. Equipped with a 1.5 m telescope, SPICES can preferentially access exoplanets located at several AUs (0.5–10 AU) from nearby stars (<25 pc) with masses ranging from a few Jupiter masses to Super Earths (∼2 Earth radii, ∼10 M) as well as circumstellar disks as faint as a few times the zodiacal light in the Solar System.

Keywords

Exoplanets High contrast imaging 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony Boccaletti
    • 1
  • Jean Schneider
    • 2
  • Wes Traub
    • 3
  • Pierre-Olivier Lagage
    • 4
  • Daphne Stam
    • 5
  • Raffaele Gratton
    • 6
  • John Trauger
    • 3
  • Kerri Cahoy
    • 7
  • Frans Snik
    • 8
  • Pierre Baudoz
    • 1
  • Raphael Galicher
    • 1
  • Jean-Michel Reess
    • 1
  • Dimitri Mawet
    • 3
  • Jean-Charles Augereau
    • 9
  • Jenny Patience
    • 10
  • Marc Kuchner
    • 11
  • Mark Wyatt
    • 12
  • Eric Pantin
    • 4
  • Anne-Lise Maire
    • 1
  • Christophe Vérinaud
    • 9
  • Samuel Ronayette
    • 4
  • Didier Dubreuil
    • 4
  • Michiel Min
    • 13
  • Michiel Rodenhuis
    • 13
  • Dino Mesa
    • 14
  • Russ Belikov
    • 7
  • Olivier Guyon
    • 15
    • 16
  • Motohide Tamura
    • 17
  • Naoshi Murakami
    • 18
  • Ingrid Mary Beerer
    • 19
  • SPICES team
  1. 1.LESIA, Paris ObservatoryMeudonFrance
  2. 2.LUTH, Paris ObservatoryMeudonFrance
  3. 3.NASA-JPLPasadenaUSA
  4. 4.SAp/CEASaclayFrance
  5. 5.SRONUtrechtThe Netherlands
  6. 6.INAF, Padova ObservatoryPadovaItaly
  7. 7.NASA Ames Research CenterMoffett FieldUSA
  8. 8.Sterrekundig Instituut UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands
  9. 9.IPAGGrenobleFrance
  10. 10.University of ExeterExeterUK
  11. 11.NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA
  12. 12.University of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  13. 13.University of UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands
  14. 14.Obs. PadovaPadovaItaly
  15. 15.University of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  16. 16.Subaru Telescope NAOJHiloUSA
  17. 17.NAOJTokyoJapan
  18. 18.Hokkaido UniversityHokkaidoJapan
  19. 19.Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MITCambridgeUSA

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