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HARPS-N: Project, results, challenges and future plans

Francesco Pepe
Université de Genève

Abstract
HARPS-N@TNG is the northern copy of the successful Doppler-velocimeter HARPS@3.6-m in La Silla, Chile. It has been conceived to enable the radial-velocity confirmation and follow-up of Kepler transiting planet candidates within the awarded GTO. In parallel, a search for rocky exoplanets (RPS programme) was carried out. In my talk I will present the instrument and its performances, provide an overview of the scientific results achieved during the first 3.5 years of operations, discuss selected technical challenges, and present planned upgrades and future scientific programmes of HARPS-N.

2 March 2016, 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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