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What is ULME and why it will help us find exo-planets

Giancarlo Pace

In a number of very exciting present and future astrophysical challenges, such as the detection of ExoEarths and the characterization of their atmosphere, high resolution infra-red spectroscopy provides an invaluable help. However, in this domain, the telluric contamination is a major limitation that needs to be addressed thoroughly. We need no less than a full, accurate and detailed knowledge of the earth atmosphere transmission at the time and location of the observations and in the direction of the target. In this talk, we will show the reasons why this is best done by modelling the earth atmosphere, and why this motivated us to develop the web based platform that will take the name of ULME.

8 April 2015, 13:30

Centro de Astrofísica
Rua das Estrelas
4150-762 Porto

Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences

Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences (IA) is a new but long anticipated research infrastructure with a national dimension. It embodies a bold but feasible vision for the development of Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Sciences in Portugal, taking full advantage and fully realizing the potential created by the national membership of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO). IA resulted from the merging the two most prominent research units in the field in Portugal: the Centre for Astrophysics of the University of Porto (CAUP) and the Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University of Lisbon (CAAUL). It currently hosts more than two-thirds of all active researchers working in Space Sciences in Portugal, and is responsible for an even greater fraction of the national productivity in international ISI journals in the area of Space Sciences. This is the scientific area with the highest relative impact factor (1.65 times above the international average) and the field with the highest average number of citations per article for Portugal.

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