TMT High-Contrast Imaging with NFIRAOS/IRIS

Christian Marois, Jean-Pierre Veran, Jenny Atwood, Carlos Correia & Glen Herriot
The thirty meter telescope (TMT) has the potential to find new and to study in greater detail nearby planetary systems. It could also possibly image super-Earth planets around the closest stars or still accreting distant protoplanets in very young star forming regions. Since no first generation dedicated exoplanet finding instrument has been selected for the TMT, initial direct exoplanet imaging will have to rely on the NFIRAOS facility adaptive optics (AO) system and IRIS spectro-imaging...