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dc.contributor.authorHough, J.H.
dc.contributor.authorLucas, P.W.
dc.contributor.authorBailey, J.A.
dc.contributor.authorTamura, M.
dc.contributor.authorHirst, E.
dc.contributor.authorHarrison, D.
dc.contributor.authorBartholomew-Biggs, M.
dc.identifier.citationHough , J H , Lucas , P W , Bailey , J A , Tamura , M , Hirst , E , Harrison , D & Bartholomew-Biggs , M 2006 , ' PlanetPol : A very high sensitivity polarimeter ' , Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific , vol. 118 , no. 847 , pp. 1302-1318 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 2508662
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dc.identifier.otherScopus: 33750744117
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-8872-4462/work/62748858
dc.description.abstractWe have built and used on several occasions an optical broadband stellar polarimeter, PlanetPol, which employs photoelastic modulators and avalanche photodiodes and achieves a photon-noise-limited sensitivity of at least l in 106 in fractional polarization. Observations of a number of polarized standards taken from the literature show that the accuracy of polarization measurements is ∼1%. We have developed a method for accurately measuring the polarization of altitude-azimuth mounted telescopes by observing bright nearby stars at different parallactic angles, and we find that the on-axis polarization of the William Herschel Telescope is typically -15 × 10 , measured with an accuracy of a few parts in 10 . The nearby stars (distance less than 32 pc) are found to have very low polarizations, typically a few × 10 , indicating that very little interstellar polarization is produced close to the Sun and that their intrinsic polarization is also low. Although the polarimeter can be used for a wide range of astronomy, the very high sensitivity was set by the goal of detecting the polarization signature of unresolved extrasolar planets.en
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dc.titlePlanetPol : A very high sensitivity polarimeteren
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics
dc.contributor.institutionScience & Technology Research Institute
dc.contributor.institutionCentre for Astrophysics Research
dc.contributor.institutionParticle Instruments and diagnostics
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