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Paper: ZIMPOL/CHEOPS: a Polarimetric Imager for the Direct Detection of Extra-solar Planets
Volume: 343, Astronomical Polarimetry: Current Status and Future Directions
Page: 89
Authors: Schmid, H.M.; Gisler, D.; Joos, F.; Povel, H.P.; Stenflo, J.O.; Feldt, M.; Lenzen, R.; Brandner, W.; Tinbergen, J.; Quirrenbach, A.; Stuik, R.; Gratton, R.; Turatto, M.; Neuhaeuser, R.
Abstract: In a phase A study supported by ESO, we are currently planning a dedicated VLT instrument for the direct detection of extra-solar planets: CHEOPS (CHaracterizing Exoplanets by Opto-infrared Polarization and Spectroscopy). The envisaged instrument consists of an extreme adaptive optics system with a coronagraph, and two science channels for differential imaging, which are (1) a spectroscopic integral field unit in the J- and H-band optimized for the detection of methane bands, and (2) a polarimetric I-band imager based on the ZIMPOL technique for the search of reflected (polarized) light. We highlight here some aspects of the polarimetric part of this project.
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