EPJ Web of Conferences
Volume 47, 2013Hot Planets and Cool Stars
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Published online||25 April 2013|
Characterization of exoplanet atmospheres using high-dispersion spectroscopy with the E-ELT and beyond
Leiden Observatory, Leiden University, Postbus 5913, 2300 RA, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Ground-based high-dispersion (R ∼ 100,000) spectroscopy provides unique information on exoplanet atmospheres, inaccessible from space - even using the JWST or other future space telescopes. Recent successes in transmission- and dayside spectroscopy using CRIRES on the Very Large Telescope prelude the enormous discovery potential of high-dispersion spectrographs on the E-ELT, such as METIS in the thermal infrared, and HIRES in the optical/near-infrared. This includes the orbital inclination and masses of hundred(s) of non-transiting planets, line-by-line molecular band spectra, planet rotation and global wind patterns, longitudinal spectral variations, and possibly isotopologue ratios. Thinking beyond the E-ELT, we advocate that ultimately a systematic search for oxygen in atmospheres of nearby Earth-like planets can be conducted using large arrays of relatively low-cost flux collector telescopes equipped with high-dispersion spectrographs.
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