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The planet formation imager
Monnier, John D.; Kraus, Stefan; Ireland, Michael J.; Baron, Fabien; Bayo, Amelia; Berger, Jean-Philippe; Creech-Eakman, Michelle; Dong, Ruobing; Duchêne, Gaspard; Espaillat, Catherine; Haniff, Chris; Hönig, Sebastian; Isella, Andrea; Juhasz, Attila; Labadie, Lucas; Lacour, Sylvestre; Leifer, Stephanie; Merand, Antoine; Michael, Ernest; Minardi, Stefano; Mordasini, Christoph; Mozurkewich, David; Olofsson, Johan; Paladini, Claudia; Petrov, Romain; Pott, Jörg-Uwe; Ridgway, Stephen; Rinehart, Stephen; Stassun, Keivan; Surdej, Jean; Brummelaar, Theo ten; Turner, Neal; Tuthill, Peter; Vahala, Kerry; van Belle, Gerard; Vasisht, Gautam; Wishnow, Ed; Young, John; Zhu, Zhaohuan
AA(Department of Astronomy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA), AB(University of Exeter, Exeter, UK), AC(Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia), AD(Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA), AE(Universidad de Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Chile), AF(Institut de Planétologie et d'Astrophysique de Grenoble, Saint-Martin-d'Hìres, France), AG(New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM, USA), AH(The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA), AI(University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA), AJ(Boston University, Boston, MA, USA), AK(University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK), AL(University of Southampton, Southampton, UK), AM(Rice University, Houston, TX, USA), AN(University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK), AO(Universität zu Köln, Köln, Germany), AP(Observatoire de Paris, Paris, France), AQ(Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USA), AR(European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, Germany), AS(Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile), AT(Institute of Applied Physics, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Jena, Germany), AU(University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland), AV(Seabrook Engineering, Seabrook, MD, USA), AW(Universidad de Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Chile), AX(Université Libre de Bruxelles, Bruxelles, Belgium), AY(Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Nice, France), AZ(Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Heidelberg, Germany), BA(National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Tucson, AZ, USA), BB(NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr., Greenbelt, MD, USA), BC(Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA), BD(Université de Liège, Liège, Belgium), BE(Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA), BF(Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USA), BG(The University of Sydney, Camperdown, Australia), BH(California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA), BI(Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ, USA), BJ(Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USA), BK(Space Sciences Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, USA), BL(University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK), BM(University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Reno, NV, USA)
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Interferometry, Infrared, Planet formation, Exoplanets
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The Planet Formation Imager (PFI, is a next-generation infrared interferometer array with the primary goal of imaging the active phases of planet formation in nearby star forming regions. PFI will be sensitive to warm dust emission using mid-infrared capabilities made possible by precise fringe tracking in the near-infrared. An L/M band combiner will be especially sensitive to thermal emission from young exoplanets (and their disks) with a high spectral resolution mode to probe the kinematics of CO and H2O gas. In this paper, we give an overview of the main science goals of PFI, define a baseline PFI architecture that can achieve those goals, point at remaining technical challenges, and suggest activities today that will help make the Planet Formation Imager facility a reality.
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