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The future of Extrasolar Planets: new instrumentation for new science

Principal Investigator
Pedro Figueira

This exploratory project is associated to investigador FCT grant of reference IF/01037/2013, entitled "The future of Extrasolar Planets: new instrumentation for new science".

The search for extrasolar planets is one of the fastest-growing fields in current-day astronomy. Spurred by the discovery of an ever-growing diversity of planets, scientists pushed the precision of their detection methods further and further. The two most used, radial velocity and transits, are now able to detect Earth-type planets, and changed the way we look at our own system in the process.

Through this project we propose to address the thematic of precise radial velocities, with emphasis on the knowledge and technology transfer from the visible domain to the near infra-red domain. I will focus on the development of reduction and analysis tools for spectroscopic data, and on the development of dedicated instrumentation for the detection of extrasolar planets. I will also consecrate some time to the analysis of large datasets of planet and host-star properties.

1 January 2014
31 December 2018

Funding Institution
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia

Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
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