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Planet Formation Imager (PFI): science vision and key requirements

Stefan, Kraus 1 John D., Monnier 2, 3 Michael J., Ireland Gaspard, Duchene 4 Catherine, Espaillat Sebastian, Hoenig Attila, Juhasz Chris, Mordasini Johan, Olofsson Claudia, Paladini 5 Keivan, Stassun Neal, Turner 6 Gautam, Vasisht Tim J., Harries Matthew R., Bate 7 Jean-Francois, Gonzalez Alexis, Matter 8 Zhaohuan, Zhu Olja, Panic 9 Zsolt, Regaly Alessandro, Morbidelli 10 Farzana, Meru Sebastian, Wolf 11 John, Ilee Jean-Philippe, Berger 12 Ming, Zhao 13 Quentin, Kral 14 Andreas, Morlok Amy, Bonsor 15 David, Ciardi Stephen R., Kane 16 Kaitlin, Kratter Greg, Laughlin Joshua, Pepper Sean N. Raymond 17 Lucas, Labadie 18 Richard P., Nelson 19 Gerd, Weigelt 20 Theo, ten Brummelaar A. Pierens 17 Rene, Oudmaijer Wilhelm, Kley Benjamin, Pope Eric L. N., Jensen Amelia, Bayo Michael, Smith Tabetha, Boyajian 21 Luis Henry, Quiroga-Nunez Rafael, Millan-Gabet 22 Andrea, Chiavassa 8 Alexandre, Gallenne 23 Mark, Reynold Willem-Jan, de Wit 24 Markus, Wittkowski 24 Florentin, Millour 8 Poshak, Gandhi 25 Cristina, Ramos Almeida Almudena, Alonso Herrero Chris, Packham Makoto, Kishimoto 20 Konrad R. W., Tristram 20 Joerg-Uwe, Pott Jean, Surdej David, Buscher 26 Chris, Haniff Sylvestre, Lacour 14 Romain, Petrov 8 Steve, Ridgway 27 Peter, Tuthill 28 Gerard, van Belle Phil, Armitage Clement, Baruteau 29 Myriam, Benisty Bertram, Bitsch 30 Sijme-Jan, Paardekooper Christophe, Pinte 15 Frederic, Masset Giovanni P., Rosotti
17 ECLIPSE 2016
LAB - Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux [Pessac]
21 LT2C
LT2C - Laboratoire Telecom Claude Chappe
Abstract : The Planet Formation Imager (PFI) project aims to provide a strong scientific vision for ground-based optical astronomy beyond the upcoming generation of Extremely Large Telescopes. We make the case that a breakthrough in angular resolution imaging capabilities is required in order to unravel the processes involved in planet formation. PFI will be optimised to provide a complete census of the protoplanet population at all stellocentric radii and over the age range from 0.1 to about 100 Myr. Within this age period, planetary systems undergo dramatic changes and the final architecture of planetary systems is determined. Our goal is to study the planetary birth on the natural spatial scale where the material is assembled, which is the "Hill Sphere" of the forming planet, and to characterise the protoplanetary cores by measuring their masses and physical properties. Our science working group has investigated the observational characteristics of these young protoplanets as well as the migration mechanisms that might alter the system architecture. We simulated the imprints that the planets leave in the disk and study how PFI could revolutionise areas ranging from exoplanet to extragalactic science. In this contribution we outline the key science drivers of PFI and discuss the requirements that will guide the technology choices, the site selection, and potential science/technology tradeoffs.
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Stefan, Kraus, John D., Monnier, Michael J., Ireland, Gaspard, Duchene, Catherine, Espaillat, et al.. Planet Formation Imager (PFI): science vision and key requirements. 2016arXiv160800578K - Proceedings of SPIE 2016; doi:10.1117/12.2231067 2016-a From Conference Volume 9907 Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging V Fabien Malbet; Michelle J. Creech-Eakman; Peter G. Tuthill Edinburgh, United Kingdom | June 26, 2016, Aug 2016, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. pp.arXiv:1608.00578. ⟨hal-01357767⟩



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