Towards the detection of exoearths
CARMENES [kár-men-es], (Calar Alto high-Resolution search for M dwarfs with Exoearths with Near-infrared and optical Échelle Spectrographs), is a next-generation instrument being built for the 3.5m telescope at the Calar Alto Observatory by a consortium of German and Spanish institutions. It consists of two separated spectrographs covering the wavelength ranges from 0.5 to 1.0 µm and from 1.0 to 1.7 µm with spectral resolutions R = 82,000, each of which shall perform high-accuracy radial-velocity measurements (∼1 m s-1) with long-term stability. The fundamental science objective of CARMENES is to carry out a survey of ∼300 late-type main-sequence stars with the goal of detecting low-mass planets in their habitable zones. We aim at being able to detect 2 MEarth planets in the habitable zone of M5V stars. The CARMENES first light is expected to occur in Winter 2014.
|The CARMENES soundtrack in TV: Antonio Arias and Soleá Morente in "Los conciertos de Radio 3 en La 2", min 23:00 (22 Jan) • CARMENES in Barcelona: "5th technical meeting: AIV progress" (10-13 Feb) • ... in Garching...: "Exoplanet Observations with the E-ELT 2014" (03-06 Feb) • ... and in Forbes!: "On The Hunt For The Very Nearest Alien Earths" • Read more news...|