The Antarctic planet interferometer

Mark R. Swain*, Christopher K. Walker, Wesley A. Traub, John W. Storey, Vincent Coudé Du Foresto, Eric Fossat, Farrok Vakili, Antony A. Stark, James P. Lloyd, Peter R. Lawson, Adam S. Burrows, Michael Ireland, Rafael Millan-Gabet, Gerard T. Van Belle, Benjamin Lane, Gautam Vasisht, Tony Travouillon

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

10 Citations (Scopus)


The Antarctic Planet Interferometer is a concept for an instrument designed to detect and characterize extrasolar planets by exploiting the unique potential of the best accessible site on earth for thermal infrared interferometry. High-precision interferometric techniques under development for extrasolar planet detection and characterization (differential phase, nulling and astrometry) all benefit substantially from the slow, low-altitude turbulence, low water vapor content, and low temperature found on the Antarctic plateau. At the best of these locations, such as the Concordia base being developed at Dome C, an interferometer with two-meter diameter class apertures has the potential to deliver unique science for a variety of topics, including extrasolar planets, active galactic nuclei, young stellar objects, and protoplanetary disks.

Original languageEnglish
Article number21
Pages (from-to)176-185
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Issue numberPART 1
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Antarctica
  • Exoplanets
  • Infrared
  • Interferometer


Dive into the research topics of 'The Antarctic planet interferometer'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this