Suitability of COTS InGaAs detectors for ground-based exoplanet detections around nearby M-dwarfs

Blaise C. Kuo Tiong*, Christian Schwab, Andrew Monson, Marcus Birch, David W. Coutts

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Abstract

In the search for exoplanets, the TESS mission shifts much of the focus in transit detection towards observing nearby cool stars.1 Many of the M-dwarf systems identified can be followed up from the ground with meter class telescopes or smaller to confirm the presence of rocky planets.2, 3 However, while space-based missions can easily justify the expensive mercury cadmium telluride (HgCdTe) detectors that perform well at the emission peaks of M-dwarfs, ground based searches at small facilities with modest budget need an alternative.4 Deep depletion charged-coupled devices (CCDs) are commercially available, but do not have good sensitivity beyond 1000 nm. Commercial off the shelf (COTS) indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) detectors offer an alternative, but work needs to be done to characterise them, and adapt them to astronomical use. Towards this effort, we code automation software in Python for a commercially available unit and test the performance for typical use in astronomical instruments. We also integrate a unit into a spectroscopy instrument and demonstrate it on sky at near-infrared (NIR) ranges.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationX-Ray, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy IX
EditorsAndrew D. Holland, James Beletic
Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
PublisherSPIE
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781510636965
ISBN (Print)9781510636958
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2020
EventX-Ray, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy IX 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 14 Dec 202022 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
PublisherSPIE
Volume11454
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Conference

ConferenceX-Ray, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy IX 2020
CountryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period14/12/2022/12/20

Keywords

  • exoplanet
  • transits
  • InGaAs
  • infrared
  • Princeton IR Tech
  • M-dwarfs
  • Python
  • Astronomy

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