Imaging polarimetry of circumstellar environments. Science Results of ExPo

Mr. Héctor Canovas

Abstract

ExPo is an imaging polarimeter that has been built in Utrecht University. ExPo works in the visible, and it combines the dual-beam technique, together with very short exposure times and a high polarization sensitivity. After four successful campaigns at the William Herschel Telescope, we have obtained polarization images of circumstellar environments around T Tau's and Herbig Ae's stars, evolved (post-AGB) stars and planets like Venus and Saturn. Our results prove the utility of imaging polarimetry to characterize faint structures around very different objects. In this talk I will go through the instrument details, and I will show some of our science results.

About the talk

Imaging polarimetry of circumstellar environments. Science Results of ExPo
Mr. Héctor Canovas
Astronomical Institute Utrecht, the Netherlands
Monday June 13, 2011 - 0:00  (Aula)
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