Detecting the polarization signatures of extra-solar planets

J. H. Hough*, P. W. Lucas, J. A. Bailey, M. Tamura, E. Hirst

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Abstract

Direct detection of the light scattered from extra-solar planets is important in establishing the planet's mass, radius, albedo and nature of the particles in the planetary atmosphere. We describe, and present results from, a new optical polarimeter (PlanetPol) designed to reach fractional polarizations of 10-6 or better from ground-based telescopes, necessary to detect the polarization signature of unresolved hot-Jupiters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy
Volume6269 I
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 25 May 200629 May 2006

Other

OtherGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period25/05/0629/05/06

Keywords

  • Extrasolar planets
  • High-sensitivity polarimetry

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    Hough, J. H., Lucas, P. W., Bailey, J. A., Tamura, M., & Hirst, E. (2006). Detecting the polarization signatures of extra-solar planets. In Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy (Vol. 6269 I). [62690S] https://doi.org/10.1117/12.671016