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Development of the SPECULOOS exoplanet search project
Sebastian, Daniel  ; Pedersen, P. P.; Murray, C. A. et al.
2020 • In Proceedings of SPIE: The International Society for Optical Engineering, 11445, p. 1144521
 

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Abstract :
[en] SPECULOOS (Search for habitable Planets EClipsing ULtra-cOOl Stars) aims to perform a transit search on the nearest (< 40 pc) ultracool (< 3000K) dwarf stars. The project's main motivation is to discover potentially habitable planets well-suited for detailed atmospheric characterisation with upcoming giant telescopes, like the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and European Large Telescope (ELT). The project is based on a network of 1m robotic telescopes, namely the four ones of the SPECULOOS-Southern Observatory (SSO) in Cerro Paranal, Chile, one telescope of the SPECULOOS-Northern Observatory (SNO) in Tenerife, and the SAINTEx telescope in San Pedro Martir, Mexico. The prototype survey of the SPECULOOS project on the 60 cm TRAPPIST telescope (Chile) discovered the TRAPPIST-1 system, composed of seven temperate Earth-sized planets orbiting a nearby (12 pc) Jupiter-sized star. In this paper, we review the current status of SPECULOOS, its first results, the plans for its development, and its connection to the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and JWST.
Disciplines :
Space science, astronomy & astrophysics
Author, co-author :
Sebastian, Daniel ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Exotic
Pedersen, P. P.;  Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Murray, C. A.;  Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Ducrot, Elsa ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Exotic
Garcia, Lionel  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Exotic
Burdanov, A.;  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Pozuelos, F. J.;  Liège Univ. (Belgium)
Delrez, Laetitia ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Exotic
Wells, R.;  Univ. Bern (Switzerland)
Dransfield, G.;  Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Gillon, Michaël  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Exotic
Demory, B.-O.;  Univ. Bern (Switzerland)
Queloz, D.;  Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Triaud, A. H. M. J.;  Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
De Witt, J.;  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Jehin, Emmanuel  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Origines Cosmologiques et Astrophysiques (OrCa)
Gómez Maqueo Chew, Y.;  Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Günther, M. N.;  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Niraula, P.;  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Rackham, B. V.;  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Schanche, N.;  Univ. Bern (Switzerland)
Sohy, Sandrine ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Origines Cosmologiques et Astrophysiques (OrCa)
Thompson, S.;  Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom))
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Language :
English
Title :
Development of the SPECULOOS exoplanet search project
Publication date :
01 December 2020
Event name :
SPIE Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VIII
Event date :
13 December 2020
Audience :
International
Journal title :
Proceedings of SPIE: The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN :
0277-786X
eISSN :
1996-756X
Publisher :
International Society for Optical Engineering, Bellingham, United States - Washington
Volume :
11445
Pages :
1144521
European Projects :
FP7 - 336480 - SPECULOOS - SPECULOOS: searching for habitable planets amenable for biosignatures detection around the nearest ultra-cool stars
Funders :
CE - Commission Européenne

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