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Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Remote Reconnaissance of Exosolar Systems

Ben Oppenheimer
American Museum of National History

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
12:30 PM @ Stirling 201

Abstract:

Project 1640 has recently begun surveying nearby, young stars for faint companions. This novel instrument is the first of a new generation of planet imaging devices. It is sensitive to objects as faint as 10^-7 times the central star brightness at less than 1 arc second separation. Project 1640 provides low-resolution spectroscopy of found companions as well. The instrument and recent results will be presented.