SPECULOOS: a network of robotic telescopes to hunt for terrestrial planets around the nearest ultracool dwarfs

Delrez, Laetitia; Gillon, Michaël; Queloz, Didier; Demory, Brice-Olivier; Almleaky, Yaseen; de Wit, Julien; Jehin, Emmanuël; Triaud, Amaury; Barkaoui, Khalid; Burdanov, Artem; Burgasser, Adam; Ducrot, Elsa; McCormac, James; Murray, Catriona; Silva Fernandes, Catarina; Sohy, Sandrine; Thompson, Sam; Van Grootel, Valérie; Alonso, Roi; Benkhaldoun, Zouhair; ... (2018). SPECULOOS: a network of robotic telescopes to hunt for terrestrial planets around the nearest ultracool dwarfs. In: Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VII. Proceedings 10700 (p. 49). SPIE 10.1117/12.2312475

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We present here SPECULOOS, a new exoplanet transit search based on a network of 1m-class robotic telescopes targeting the ~1200 ultracool (spectral type M7 and later) dwarfs bright enough in the infrared (K-mag ≤ 12.5) to possibly enable the atmospheric characterization of temperate terrestrial planets with next-generation facilities like the James Webb Space Telescope. The ultimate goals of the project are to reveal the frequency of temperate terrestrial planets around the lowest-mass stars and brown dwarfs, to probe the diversity of their bulk compositions, atmospheres and surface conditions, and to assess their potential habitability.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > Center for Space and Habitability (CSH)
08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Space Research and Planetary Sciences
08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute
08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > NCCR PlanetS

UniBE Contributor:

Demory, Brice-Olivier and Burdanov, Artem

Subjects:

500 Science > 520 Astronomy
500 Science > 530 Physics

ISBN:

9781510619548

Publisher:

SPIE

Language:

English

Submitter:

Danielle Zemp

Date Deposited:

03 Jun 2019 10:54

Last Modified:

03 Jun 2019 10:54

Publisher DOI:

10.1117/12.2312475

ArXiv ID:

1806.11205v1

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.126817

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/126817

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