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The PLATO field selection process

Nascimbeni, V. and Piotto, G and Börner, Anko and Montalto, M. and Marrese, P. M. and Cabrera Perez, Juan and Marinoni, S. and Aerts, C. and Altavilla, G. and Benatti, S. and Claudi, R. and Deleuil, M. and Desidera, S. and Fabrizio, M. and Gizon, L. and Goupil, M.J. and Granata, V. and Heras, A. M. and Magrin, D. and Malavolta, L. and Mas-Hesse, J. Miguel and Ortolani, S. and Pagano, I. and Pollacco, D. and Prisinzano, L. and Ragazzoni, R. and Ramsay, G. and Rauer, H and Udry, S. (2022) The PLATO field selection process. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 658, A31. EDP Sciences. doi: 10.1051/0004-6361/202142256. ISSN 0004-6361.

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Official URL: https://www.aanda.org/articles/aa/full_html/2022/02/aa42256-21/aa42256-21.html


PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars is an ESA M-class satellite planned for launch by the end of 2026 and dedicated to the wide-field search of transiting planets around bright and nearby stars, with a strong focus on discovering habitable rocky planets hosted by solar-like stars. The choice of the fields to be pointed at is a crucial task since it has a direct impact on the scientific return of the mission. In this paper, we describe and discuss the formal requirements and the key scientific prioritization criteria that have to be taken into account in the Long-duration Observation Phase (LOP) field selection, and apply a quantitative metric to guide us in this complex optimization process. We identify two provisional LOP fields, one for each hemisphere (LOPS1 and LOPN1), and we discuss their properties and stellar content. While additional fine-tuning shall be applied to LOP selection before the definitive choice, which is set to be made two years before launch, we expect that their position will not move by more than a few degrees with respect to what is proposed in this paper.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/187660/
Document Type:Article
Title:The PLATO field selection process
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Nascimbeni, V.INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, vicolo dell Osservatorio 5, 35122 Padova, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Piotto, GDipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Universitá di Padova, Padova, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Börner, AnkoDLR, Institut für Optische SensorsystemeUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Montalto, M.Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia "Galileo Galilei", Universitá di Padovahttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7618-8308UNSPECIFIED
Marrese, P. M.ASI – Science Data Center, Via del Politecnico snc, 00133 Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cabrera Perez, JuanUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6653-5487UNSPECIFIED
Marinoni, S.INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, Via Frascati, 33, 00078 Monte Porzio Catone (RM), ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Aerts, C.Institute of Astronomy, KU Leuven, BelgiumUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Altavilla, G.Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica - Osservatorio Astronomico di RomaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Benatti, S.INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo, Piazza del Parlamento 1, 90134 Palermo, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Claudi, R.INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Padova, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Deleuil, M.Laboratoire d´Astrophysique de Marseille, FranceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Desidera, S.INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Fabrizio, M.Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica - Osservatorio Astronomico di RomaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gizon, L.Max-Planck-Institut fuer Sonnensystemforschung, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 3, D-37077 Goettingen, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Goupil, M.J.LESIA, Observatoire de Paris, PSL Research University, CNRS, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Université Paris Diderot, Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Granata, V.INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, vicolo dell Osservatorio 5, 35122 Padova, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Heras, A. M.European Space Agency (ESA), European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC)UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Magrin, D.INAF, Astronomical Institute, Padua, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Malavolta, L.INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Padova, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Mas-Hesse, J. MiguelCentro de Astrobiologia (CSIC-INTA), Madrid, SpainUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ortolani, S.INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, vicolo dell Osservatorio 5, 35122 Padova, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Pagano, I.INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Pollacco, D.Department of Physics, University of Warwick, UKUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Prisinzano, L.Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS, CNES, Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille, Technopôle de Marseille-Etoile, 38, rue Frédéric Joliot-Curie, 13388 Marseille cedex 13, FranceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ragazzoni, R.INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Vicolo dell'Osservatorio 5, 35122 Padova, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ramsay, G.Armagh Observatory & PlanetariumUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Udry, S.Observatoire de Genève, Sauverny, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Astronomy & Astrophysics
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:A31
Publisher:EDP Sciences
Keywords:photometric, planetary systems, detection, fundamental parameters, catalogs, astronomical databases
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - PLATO S/W support
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Optical Sensor Systems > Real-Time Data Processing
Institute of Planetary Research > Extrasolar Planets and Atmospheres
Institute of Planetary Research > Leitungsbereich PF
Deposited By: Dombrowski, Ute
Deposited On:28 Jul 2022 10:14
Last Modified:03 Nov 2022 12:14

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