The Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS)

Peter J. Wheatley, Don L. Pollacco, Didier Queloz, Heike Rauer, C. A. Watson, Richard G. West, Bruno Chazelas, Tom M. Louden, Simon Walker, Nigel Bannister, Joao Bento, Matthew Burleigh, Juan Cabrera, Philipp Eigmueller, Anders Erikson, Ludovic Genolet, Michael Goad, Andrew Grange, Andres Jordan, Katherine LawrieJames McCormac, Marion Neveu

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Abstract

The Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) is a new ground-based sky survey designed to find transiting Neptunes and super-Earths. By covering at least sixteen times the sky area of Kepler we will find small planets around stars that are sufficiently bright for radial velocity confirmation, mass determination and atmospheric characterisation. The NGTS instrument will consist of an array of twelve independently pointed 20cm telescopes fitted with red-sensitive CCD cameras. It will be constructed at the ESO Paranal Observatory, thereby benefiting from the very best photometric conditions as well as follow up synergy with the VLT and E-ELT. Our design has been verified through the operation of two prototype instruments, demonstrating white noise characteristics to sub-mmag photometric precision. Detailed simulations show that about thirty bright super-Earths and up to two hundred Neptunes could be discovered. Our science operations are due to begin in 2014.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2013

Keywords

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