The planet formation imager

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; ... (2018). The planet formation imager. Experimental astronomy, 46(3), pp. 517-529. Springer 10.1007/s10686-018-9594-1

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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.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Space Research and Planetary Sciences > Theoretical Astrophysics and Planetary Science (TAPS)
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:

Mordasini, Christoph

Subjects:

500 Science
500 Science > 520 Astronomy
500 Science > 530 Physics
600 Technology > 620 Engineering

ISSN:

0922-6435

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Janine Jungo

Date Deposited:

13 Jun 2019 16:52

Last Modified:

13 Jun 2019 16:54

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s10686-018-9594-1

ArXiv ID:

1807.11559v1

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.128773

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/128773

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