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PARAS survey

Post by Borislav on 27th July 2010, 3:42 pm

India begins to actively hunt for planets!
PARAS (PRL Advanced Radial-velocity All-sky Search)
The 1.2m telescope is located at Mt. Abu, India, and we are guaranteed about 80 to 100 nights a year for observations with the spectrograph. The instrument will be ultimately used for radial-velocity searches of exoplanets around 1000 dwarf stars, brighter than 10th magnitude, for the next 5 years with a precision of 3 to 5m/s using the simultaneous Th-Ar spectral lamp reference technique. The spectrograph has already achieved a stability of 3.7m/s in short-term time scale and in the near future we expect the stability to be at 1m/s once we install the spectrograph inside the vacuum chamber.

The Echelle spectrograph was built in late 2009 and early 2010 and the spectrograph was commissioned and saw first light in February 2010.


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