OHP Preprint No. 92 : Extra-solar planets

Resolved imaging of extra-solar planets with future 10-100km optical interferometric arrays

Antoine Labeyrie

Collège de France & Observatoire de Haute Provence
04870 Saint Michel l'Observatoire, France

In recent years interferometric arrays of optical telescopes have reached sizes of the order of 100m, but they have yet to produce high-resolution images. The analysis of image formation now shows that such images are obtainable directly in the recombined focal plane, if there are enough telescopes. Resolved images of extra-solar planets are in principle obtainable with 10km ground-based arrays.

(Astronomy and Astrophysics, in press)

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