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ZIMPOL/CHEOPS is a polarimetric imager being developed for the Very Large Telescope for the direct detection of extra-solar planets.[1] The imager is operated by the European Southern Observatory on Cerro Paranal in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile.[1]

CHEOPS is an acronym for CHaracterizing Exo-planets by Opto-infrared Polarimetry and Spectroscopy.[2]

ZIMPOL is an acronym for Zurich IMaging POLarimeter.[3]


  1. ^ a b Schmid, H. M.; Gisler, D.; Joos, F.; Povel, H. P.; Stenflo, J. O.; Feldt, M.; Lenzen, R.; Brandner, W.; Tinbergen, J.; Quirrenbach, A.; Stuik, R.; Gratton, R.; Turatto, M.; Neuhäuser, R. (2005-12-01). "ZIMPOL/CHEOPS: a Polarimetric Imager for the Direct Detection of Extra-solar Planets". Astronomical Polarimetry: Current Status and Future Directions ASP Conference Series, Vol. 343, Proceedings of the Conference held 15–19 March 2004 in Waikoloa, Hawai'i, USA. Edited by A. Adamson, C. Aspin, C. J. Davis, and T. Fujiyoshi: p. 89. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 
  2. ^ "CHaracterizing Extrasolar planets by Opto-infrared Polarimetry and Spectroscopy". Retrieved 2012-01-21. 
  3. ^ "ZIMPOL - The Zurich IMaging POLarimeter". Retrieved 2012-01-21. 

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