Stellar spectroscopy in the near-infrared with a laser frequency comb

Andrew J. Metcalf, Tyler Anderson, Chad F. Bender, Scott Blakeslee, Wesley Brand, David R. Carlson, William D. Cochran, Scott A. Diddams, Michael Endl, Connor Fredrick, Sam Halverson, Daniel D. Hickstein, Fred Hearty, Jeff Jennings, Shubham Kanodia, Kyle F. Kaplan, Eric Levi, Emily Lubar, Suvrath Mahadevan, Andrew MonsonJoe P. Ninan, Colin Nitroy, Steve Osterman, Scott B. Papp, Franklyn Quinlan, Larry Ramsey, Paul Robertson, Arpita Roy, Christian Schwab, Steinn Sigurdsson, Kartik Srinivasan, Gudmundur Stefansson, David A. Sterner, Ryan Terrien, Alex Wolszczan, Jason T. Wright, Gabriel Ycas

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    Abstract

    The discovery and characterization of exoplanets around nearby stars are driven by profound scientific questions about the uniqueness of Earth and our solar system, and the conditions under which life could exist elsewhere in our galaxy. Doppler spectroscopy, or the radial velocity (RV) technique, has been used extensively to identify hundreds of exoplanets, but with notable challenges in detecting terrestrial mass planets orbiting within habitable zones. We describe infrared RV spectroscopy at the 10 m Hobby-Eberly Telescope that leverages a 30 GHz electro-optic laser frequency comb with a nanophotonic supercontinuum to calibrate the Habitable Zone Planet Finder spectrograph. Demonstrated instrument precision <10 cm/s and stellar RVs approaching 1 m/s open the path to discovery and confirmation of habitable-zone planets around M-dwarfs, the most ubiquitous type of stars in our galaxy.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)233-239
    Number of pages7
    JournalOptica
    Volume6
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2019

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