May 15-18, 2012
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Meeting Abstract

SPIROU is a next generation CFHT instrument schedule for first light in 2015. SPIROU is a near-infrared (1-2.4 Ám), high-resolution (R~75 000) spectro-polarimeter. The 1 m/s RV stability of SPIROU and its wavelength coverage will enable the search of Earth-sized planets in the habitable zone of M dwarfs, while polarimetry will allow the investigation of magnetized stars and planet formation. Beyond these core science goals that drive the instrument design, SPIROU will also open scientific opportunities in various fields of stellar astrophysics. SPIROU is developed through an international consortium involving institutions in France (Toulouse, Grenoble, Marseilles), Switzerland, Canada, (UdeM, ULaval, HIA), Taiwan and CFHT. SPIROU is currently in Phase B with a preliminary design review scheduled for next automn.

The SPIROU team will host a four-day meeting in Montréal in May 2012. The two first days, May 15 and 16, will be dedicated to a discussion with the instrument team of SPIROU.

A Teleconference link (peer-to-peer) for remote attendance will be available. Please register on-line here

The second part of the meeting, on the 17th and 18th of May, will be dedicated to the mid-term review of the project. This meeting is restricted to the SPIROU instrument team and external reviewers.

For more info on SPIROU, visit and see the SPIROU science case for more details.

Important Dates

May 2, 2012 : Deadline for registration
May 15, 2012 : Beginning of the second Mid-term review Meeting
May 17, 2012 : Beginning of the second Mid-term review Meeting with reviewers
May 18, 2012 : End of the second Mid-term review Meeting