Reference : Darwin ground-based European nulling interferometer experiment (GENIE)
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Darwin ground-based European nulling interferometer experiment (GENIE)
Gondoin, Philippe [European Space Agency (Netherlands)]
Absil, Olivier mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Astroph. extragalactique et observations spatiales (AEOS) >]
Fridlund, C V Malcolm [European Space Agency (Netherlands)]
Erd, Christian [European Space Agency (Netherlands)]
den Hartog, Roland H [European Space Agency (Netherlands)]
Rando, Nicola [European Space Agency (Netherlands)]
Glindemann, Andreas [European Southern Observatory (Germany)]
Koehler, Bertrand [European Southern Observatory (Germany)]
Wilhelm, Rainer [European Southern Observatory (Germany)]
Karlsson, Anders [European Space Agency (Netherlands)]
Labadie, L. [European Space Agency (Netherlands)]
Mann, I. [European Space Agency (Netherlands)]
Peacock, Anthony J [European Space Agency (Netherlands)]
Richichi, Andrea [European Southern Observatory (Germany)]
Sodnik, Zoran [European Space Agency (Netherlands)]
Tarenghi, Massimo [European Southern Observatory (Germany)]
Volonte, Sergio [European Space Agency (France)]
Interferometry for Optical Astronomy II
Traub, Wesley
Proceedings of the SPIE, volume 4838
Interferometry for Optical Astronomy II
du 22 au 28 août 2002
Hawaii, USA
[en] Darwin ; Ground-based interferometry ; Nulling interferometry
[en] Darwin is one of the most challenging space projects ever considered by the European Space Agency (ESA). Its principal objectives are to detect Earth-like planets around nearby stars and to characterize their atmospheres. Darwin is conceived as a space "nulling interferometer" which makes use of on-axis destructive interferences to extinguish the stellar light while keeping the off-axis signal of the orbiting planet. Within the frame of the Darwin program, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO) intend to build a ground-based technology demonstrator called GENIE (Ground based European Nulling Interferometry Experiment). Such a ground-based demonstrator built around the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) in Paranal will test some of the key technologies required for the Darwin Infrared Space Interferometer. It will demonstrate that nulling interferometry can be achieved in a broad mid-IR band as a precursor to the next phase of the Darwin program. The present paper will describe the objectives and the status of the project.

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