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Journal Articles Experimental Astronomy Year : 2018

The planet formation imager

John D. Monnier
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Stefan Kraus
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Michael J. Ireland
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Fabien Baron
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Amelia Bayo
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Michelle Creech-Eakman
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Ruobing Dong
Gaspard Duchêne
Catherine Espaillat
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Chris Haniff
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Sebastian Hönig
Andrea Isella
Attila Juhasz
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Lucas Labadie
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Stephanie Leifer
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Antoine Merand
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Ernest Michael
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Stefano Minardi
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Christoph Mordasini
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David Mozurkewich
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Johan Olofsson
Claudia Paladini
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Jörg-Uwe Pott
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Stephen Ridgway
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Stephen Rinehart
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Keivan Stassun
Jean Surdej
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Theo Ten Brummelaar
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Neal Turner
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Peter Tuthill
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Kerry Vahala
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Gerard van Belle
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Gautam Vasisht
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Ed Wishnow
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John Young
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Zhaohuan Zhu
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Abstract

The Planet Formation Imager (PFI, www.planetformationimager.org) 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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insu-03693515 , version 1 (10-06-2022)

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John D. Monnier, Stefan Kraus, Michael J. Ireland, Fabien Baron, Amelia Bayo, et al.. The planet formation imager. Experimental Astronomy, 2018, 46, pp.517-529. ⟨10.1007/s10686-018-9594-1⟩. ⟨insu-03693515⟩
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