The EXoplanet Climate Infrared TElescope (EXCITE)
The EXoplanet Climate Infrared TElescope (EXCITE) is a 0.5 meter near-infrared spectrograph that will fly from a high altitude balloon platform. EXCITE is designed to perform phase-resolved spectroscopy - continuous spectroscopic observations of a planet's entire orbit about its host star - of transiting hot Jupiter-type exoplanets. With spectral coverage from 0.8 - 4 um, EXCITE will measure the peak of a target's spectral energy distribution and the spectral signatures of many hydrogen and carbon-containing molecules. Phase curve observations are highly resource intensive, especially for shared-use facilities, and they require exceptional photometric stability that is difficult to achieve, even from space. In this work, we introduce the EXCITE experiment and explain how it will solve both these problems. We discuss its sensitivity and stability, then provide an update on its current status as we work toward a 2024 long duration science flight.
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IX
- Pub Date:
- August 2022