Seminar: Five years of science with SPHERE/VLT

  • Date: –15:00
  • Location: Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1 Hjorter’s room
  • Lecturer: Eric Lagadec, Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, France
  • Contact person: Sofia Ramstedt
  • Seminarium

SPHERE/VLT is an extreme adaptive optics instrument designed to directly image exoplanets. It was designed and built by a European consortium (including laboratories from France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands) and saw its first light in 2014. Most of the guaranteed time observations (GTO) are related to exoplanets and young disks. I will briefly present some results from these programs. I will then focus on the "Other Science" part of the GTO, aiming at showing that SPHERE is a versatile instrument able to answer key question in a variety of topics. I will present the results obtained via this program, ranging from 3D mapping of asteroids to star clusters via jets from young stars and evolved stars, including the first direct image of the surface of stars.