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Report by the ESA-ESO Working Group on Extra-Solar Planets

Perryman, M. and Hainhaut, O. and Dravins, D. and Léger, A. and Quirrenbach, A. and Rauer, H. and Kerber, F. and Fosbury, R. and Bouchy, F. and Favata, F. and Fridlund, M. and Gilmozzi, R. and Lagrange, A.-M. and Mazeh, T. and Rouan, D. and Udry, S. and Wambsganss, J. (2005) Report by the ESA-ESO Working Group on Extra-Solar Planets. [Other]

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Various techniques are being used to search for extra-solar planetary signatures, including accurate measurement of radial velocity and positional (astrometric) displacements, gravitational microlensing, and photometric transits. Planned space experiments promise a considerable increase in the detections and statistical knowledge arising especially from transit and astrometric measurements over the years 2005-15, with some hundreds of terrestrial-type planets expected from transit measurements, and many thousands of Jupiter-mass planets expected from astrometric measurements. Beyond 2015, very ambitious space (Darwin/TPF) and ground (OWL) experiments are targeting direct detection of nearby Earth-mass planets in the habitable zone and the measurement of their spectral characteristics. Beyond these, `Life Finder' (aiming to produce confirmatory evidence of the presence of life) and `Earth Imager' (some massive interferometric array providing resolved images of a distant Earth) appear as distant visions. This report, to ESA and ESO, summarises the direction of exo-planet research that can be expected over the next 10 years or so, identifies the roles of the major facilities of the two organisations in the field, and concludes with some recommendations which may assist development of the field. The report has been compiled by the Working Group members and experts over the period June-December 2004.

Document Type:Other
Title:Report by the ESA-ESO Working Group on Extra-Solar Planets
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Perryman, M.Research and Scientific Support Department of ESA, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Hainhaut, O.European Southern Observatory, Santiago, Chile
Dravins, D.Lund Observatory, Lund, Sweden
Léger, A.Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Orsay, France
Quirrenbach, A.Leiden University, The Netherlands
Kerber, F.Space Telescope - European Coordinating Facility, Garching
Fosbury, R.ST-ECF, Garching
Bouchy, F.Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille, Marseille, France ; Observatoire de Haute-Provence, St Michel l'Observatoire, France
Favata, F.Astrophysics Division - Research and Science Support Department of ESA, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Fridlund, M.ESA Astrophysics Missions Division, Research and Scientific Support Department, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Gilmozzi, R.European Southern Observatory, Paranal Observatory, Chile
Lagrange, A.-M.Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France
Mazeh, T.Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
Rouan, D.Observatoire de Paris, LESIA, Meudon Cedex, France
Udry, S.Observatoire de Genève, Sauverny, Switzerland
Wambsganss, J.Astronomisches Rechen-Institut, Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
Date:4 March 2005
Journal or Publication Title:ESA-ESO Working Group Report No. 1
Refereed publication:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Exoplanet Research
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Extrasolare Planeten (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Extrasolar Planets and Atmospheres
Deposited By: Barbara Stracke
Deposited On:30 Aug 2007
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 04:44

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