AO4ELT5 Proceedings

Developing post-coronagraphic, high-resolution spectroscopy for terrestrial planet characterization on ELTs

Jovanovic, Nemanja (Subaru Telescope)

Spectroscopic observations are extremely important for determining the composition, structure, and surface gravity of exoplanetary atmospheres. High resolution spectroscopy of the planet itself has only been demonstrated a handful of times. By using advanced high contrast imagers, it is possible to conduct high resolution spectroscopy on imageable exoplanets, after the star light is first suppressed with an advanced coronagraph. Because the planet is spatially separated in the focal plane, a single mode fiber could be used to collect the light from the planet alone, reducing the photon noise by orders of magnitude. In addition, speckle control applied to the location where an exoplanet is known to exist, can be used to preferentially reject the stellar flux from the fiber further. In this paper we will present the plans for conducting high resolution spectroscopic studies of this nature with the combination of SCExAO and IRD in the H-band on the Subaru Telescope. This technique will be critical to the characterization of terrestrial planets on ELTs and future space missions.

DOI: 10.26698/AO4ELT5.0076- Proceeding PDF

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