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SPIRou @CFHT: Searching for earth-like planets & unveiling the magnetic topology of young stars: in-lab and on-sky performances

Andrés Carmona Gonzalez
Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et en Planétologie (IRAP), Toulouse, France

SPIRou is the new high resolution spectropolarimeter and high-precision velocimeter in the near-infrared for the Canada France Hawaii Telescope (CFHT). In this talk, I will present the technical characteristics of SPIRou, the performances of the instrument during lab-testing and commissioning in Hawaii during 2018. I will briefly describe its science exploitation plan in the context of the search for extrasolar planets around low-mass and T Tauri stars and the investigation of the magnetic topology of young stars. Bonus discussion: For those interested on the topic of young planets inside protoplanetary disks, I will prepare a few slides about an on-going project concerning the measurement of the gas density inside the dust cavities of transition disks using CO ro-vibrational emission at 4.7 micron with VLT/CRIRES and links to the presence of embedded planets and synergies with ALMA/SPHERE observations.

2019 March 13, 13:30

Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto (Auditorium)
Rua das Estrelas, 4150-762 Porto

Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia