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1 MAROON-X: An instrument for identifying another Earth David Charbonneau (Harvard) Jacob Bean (U. Chicago)

2 Concept:A radial velocity machine that is capable of detecting Earth- mass planets in the habitable zones of low-mass stars. Science:- RV follow-up of small transiting planet candidates to confirm them and measure their masses. - Taking the census of habitable worlds in the solar neighborhood. Team:U. Chicago led instrument development with Harvard as Magellan sponsor. Timescale:4 year project; first light June Funding:- Total cost is $4.5M. - $1.2M U. Chicago internal funds available now to begin the project. Summary

3 Example Science Case: Study of Habitable Exoplanets Compared to Sun-like stars, habitable-zone planets around M dwarfs: Yield larger RV signals Yield larger transit signals Have higher transit probabilities Transit more frequently

4 The first exoplanet spectrum sensitive to an Earth-like composition atmosphere. Sensitive measurements only possible because the planet orbits a small star (signal goes as R * -2 ). Kreidberg, Bean, et al. 2014, Nature GJ 1214b Current State of Exoplanet Transit Spectroscopy

5 GJ 1214b R p = 2.7 R E T = 580 K 2014 Kreidberg et al. precision = 30 ppm 2018 precision = 10 ppm N 2 -rich, trace H 2 O atmosphere Towards Other Earths Earth 2.0 R p = 1.0 R E T = 300 K real data! simulated data

6 NASA’s TESS mission (led by MIT) will be launched in 2017 to find the small transiting planets that can be characterized. There is no existing instrument capable of confirming and measuring the masses of the small exoplanets expected to be discovered in the habitable zones of low-mass stars. The main issue is the faintness of the stars at the wavelengths where high-precision radial velocity measurements are typically made. Towards Other Earths

7 MAROON-X Concept Science requirements: RV semi-amplitude of an Earth-mass planet orbiting in the habitable zone of a low-mass star is 1 m s -1. Expectation for the distribution of such transiting planets suggests we need to be able to efficiently observe stars with V = 16.5 (d = 20 pc).

8 MAROON-X Concept

9 Core spectrograph will be a Kiwispec R Kiwispec prototype in the lab

10 MAROON-X at Magellan MAROON-X will be a PI instrument that is built by Bean’s group at U. Chicago. Harvard is sponsoring the instrument for installation and use at Magellan. The instrument must be housed in a climate-controlled box (12’ x 20’ footprint) away from the telescopes. It can be fed via fiber optic from any available port. Minimal impact to Observatory operations (e.g., closed-cycle coolers, fixed instrument, only rare intervention by PI’s group). Preliminary science consortium includes 8 senior scientists from Chicago, CfA, and MIT. Other interested scientists at Magellan are welcome to join.

11 MAROON-X Funding Total cost: $4.5M MRI proposal submitted January Not selected for funding, but the panel gave very encouraging feedback. No U. Chicago MRI slot for 2014 due to internal politics. $1.2M in U. Chicago internal funds available now to start the project. Remaining funding will be sought through a combination of private (foundations, fellowships, etc.) and public (NSF) sources.

12 MAROON-X Status A PDR with external experts will be scheduled for April If the PDR outcome is positive then we will order a scaled-back version of the Kiwispec R4-100 (single arm, cheap detector and camera) and begin work on the front end and stabilization. On track for first light in 2018.


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