Planets and Inner Disks in Reflected Starlight with SPHERE/ZIMPOL
This project overcomes the current limits of high-contrast imaging polarimeters, improve the sensitivity of SPHERE-ZIMPOL at the VLT by a factor of 10 to 50, and image, for the first time, an exoplanet in polarized light.
Funding provided by NOVA, Leiden Observatory
- A survey of the linear polarization of directly imaged exoplanets and brown dwarf companions with SPHERE-IRDIS. First polarimetric detections revealing disks around DH Tau B and GSC 6214-210 B
- Two Directly Imaged, Wide-orbit Giant Planets around the Young, Solar Analog TYC 8998-760-1
- First direct detection of a polarized companion outside a resolved circumbinary disk around CS Chamaeleonis