17-21 March 2019
Sunstar Hotel, Grindelwald, Switzerland
Europe/Zurich timezone


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Sunstar Hotel, Grindelwald, Switzerland

Sunstar Hotel, Grindelwald, Switzerland

Dorfstrasse 168, 3818 Grindelwald Switzerland
Poster Instruments in nIR


Mr David Sliski (University of Pennsylvania)


The discoveries of the Earth-sized exoplanets orbiting Proxima Centauri and Trappist-1 lend further support to the theory that terrestrial planets may be common around low-mass stars. Since low-mass stars are intrinsically faint at optical wavelengths, obtaining the meter-per-second Doppler precision necessary to detect their Earth-sized planetary companions remain a challenge for instruments designed to observe Sun-like stars. To study these “redder” stars, new spectrometers must be developed. We describe the MINERVA-Red spectrometer and a novel, ultra-high-cadence observing approach aimed at detecting and characterizing planets orbiting the closest low-mass stars to the Sun. In order to characterize the impact of astrophysical noise on our radial velocity measurements, we will gather simultaneous photometry (ugriz, Halpha, Hbeta, Calcium H&K), which will provide a substantial dataset for studying the short-term line and continuum photometric variability in cool stars. We will present photometric results from this robotic observatory and the current status of the spectrograph.

Primary authors

Prof. Cullen Blake (University of Pennsylvania) Mr David Sliski (University of Pennsylvania) Dr Samuel Halverso (MIT) Dr Jason Eastman (Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) Ms Ashley Baker (University of Pennsylvania) Prof. John Johnson (Harvard University) Prof. Rob Wittenmyer (University of Southern Queensland )

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