Imaging extrasolar planets with the European Extremely Large Telescope
1 European Southern Observatory, Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2, 85748 Garching, Germany
2 Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, C/ Via Lactea, s/n, 38205 La Laguna, Spain
3 Leiden Observatory, University of Leiden, Niels Bohrweg 2, 2333 CA Leiden, The Netherlands
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The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) is the most ambitious of the ELTs being planned. With a diameter of 42 m and being fully adaptive from the start, the E-ELT will be more than one hundred times more sensitive than the present-day largest optical telescopes. Discovering and characterising planets around other stars will be one of the most important aspects of the E-ELT science programme. We model an extreme adaptive optics instrument on the E-ELT. The resulting contrast curves translate to the detectability of exoplanets.
© Owned by the authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2011