The concept of the HIRES@ELT. Courtesy ESO.




PI: A. Marconi (INAF, Italy)

Portuguese CoI: N. Santos


For phase A: ESO


The HIRES project is developed by an International Consortium composed by Research Institutes of 14 Countries. Brazil: Núcleo de Astronomia Observacional, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (CI); Instituto Mauá de Tecnologia. Canada: Institut de Recherche sur les Exoplanètes and Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic, département de physique, Université de Montréal. Chile: Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (CI); Centre of Astro Engineering, Universidad de Chile; Department of Astronomy, Universidad de Concepcion; Center of Astronomical Instrumentation, Universidad de Antofagasta. Denmark: Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen (CI); Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University. France: Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS, CNES, AMU (CI); Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble, Université Grenoble Alpes; Laboratoire Lagrange, Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur; Observatoire de Haute Provence, CNRS, AMU, Institut Pythéas, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planetologie, Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées; Laboratoire Univers et Particules, Université de Montpellier. Germany: Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (CI); Institut für Astrophysik, Universität Göttingen; Zentrum für Astronomie Heidelberg, Landessternwarte; Thüringer Landesternwarte Tautenburg; Hamburger Sternwarte, Universität Hamburg. Italy: INAF, Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (Lead Technical Institute). Poland: Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Informatics, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun. Portugal: Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) at Centro de Investigaço em Astronomia/Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto (CI), Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço at Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisa. Spain: Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (CI); Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía-CSIC; Centro de Astrobiología Sweden: Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University. Switzerland: Département d’Astronomie, Observatoire de Sauverny, Université de Genève (CI); Universität Bern, Physikalische Institut. United Kingdom: Science and Technology Facilities Council (CI); Cavendish Laboratory & Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge; UK Astronomy Technology Centre; Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences, Heriot-Watt University. USA: Department of Astronomy, University of Michigan.

HIRES is the planned high resolution optical and near-IR spectrograph for ESO’s ELT telescope. The instrument is being planned and designed by a large internatinal consortium that includes a leading participation from IA. The project successfully passed its Phase A study in 2019, and is expected to start phase B (preliminary design) in late 2021.

One of the major goals of HIRES is to detect and characterize exoplanet atmospheres. Making use if the large collecting power of the ELT, it opens the possibility to detect life signatures in the atmospheres of other Earths.

The planet team in IA has a strong participation in the project, including an active role in the definition of its scientific objectives, and a contribution to the top level requirements.