Mid-Infrared Direct Detection of Extra-Solar Planets
Department of Earth and Space Science, Graduate School of Science, Osaka University, 1-1 Machikaneyama, Toyonaka, Osaka 560-0043 Japan
2 Graduate School of Science, Kobe University, 1-1 Rokkodai, Nada, Kobe, Hyogo 657-8501, Japan
3 Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0012
SPICA has the ability to directly detect Jovian planets in terms of sensitivity, and the additional coronagraphic capability will enable us to ﬁnd not only free-ﬂoating but also wide companions with planetary masses. The spacebased telescope has an advantage in ﬁnding cooler planets around relatively old stars (>100 Myr – 5 Gyr), while ground-based surveys will ﬁnd hotter, younger planets. We describe the observing mode and possible targets for SPICA coronagraphic observations of extra-solar planets. Low-resolution spectroscopy for known planets with Mp >2–3MJ may be interesting, while ﬁnding new cooler, older planets is also important.
Key words: Missions: SPICA / Stars: planetary systems
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