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SPIRou: A NIR Spectropolarimeter/High-Precision Velocimeter for the CFHT

D. Kouach
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M. Lacombe
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Claire Moutou
Francois Bouchy
L. Saddlemyer
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Y. Micheau
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G. Barrick
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O. Hernandez
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S. Y. Wang
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V. Reshetov
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N. Striebig
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S. Tibault
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SPIRou is a near-infrared (nIR) spectropolarimeter/velocimeter for the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) that will focus on two forefront science topics, (i) the quest for habitable Earthlike planets around nearby M stars and (ii) the study of low-mass star/planet formation in the presence of magnetic fields. SPIRou will also efficiently tackle many key programs beyond these two main goals, from weather patterns on brown dwarfs to solar system planet and exoplanet atmospheres. SPIRou will cover a wide spectral domain in a single exposure (0.98-2.44 μm) at a resolving power of 70 K, yielding unpolarized and polarized spectra of low-mass stars with a 15% average throughput at a radial velocity (RV) precision of 1 m s-1. It consists of a Cassegrain unit mounted at the Cassegrain focus of CFHT and featuring an achromatic polarimeter, coupled to a cryogenic spectrograph cooled down at 80 K through a fluoride fiber link. SPIRou is currently integrated at IRAP/OMP and will be mounted at CFHT in 2018 Q1 for a first light scheduled in early 2018. Science operation is predicted to begin in 2018 S2, allowing many fruitful synergies with major ground and space instruments such as the JWST, TESS, ALMA, and later-on PLATO and the ELT.

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obspm-02399834 , version 1 (09-12-2019)



Jean-François Donati, D. Kouach, M. Lacombe, S. Baratchart, R. Doyon, et al.. SPIRou: A NIR Spectropolarimeter/High-Precision Velocimeter for the CFHT. Handbook of Exoplanets, Springer International Publishing, pp.903-929, 2018, ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-55333-7_107⟩. ⟨obspm-02399834⟩
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