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ESPRESSO: The next European exoplanet hunter
The acronym ESPRESSO stems for Echelle SPectrograph for RockyExoplanets and Stable Spectroscopic Observations; this instrument will be the next VLThigh resolution spectrograph.
Extending the velocity-dependent one-scale string evolution model
We provide a general overview of the velocity-dependent one-scale model for cosmic string evolution and discuss two further extensions to it. We introduce and justify a new ansatz for the momentum
Cosmology and fundamental physics with the Euclid satellite
This review is meant to provide a guide to the scientific themes that will underlie the activity of the group during the preparation of the Euclid mission and discusses five broad topics: dark energy and modified gravity, dark matter, initial conditions, basic assumptions and questions of methodology in the data analysis.
An Observational Determination of the Proton to Electron Mass Ratio in the Early Universe
In an effort to resolve the discrepancy between two measurements of the fundamental constant μ, the proton to electron mass ratio, at early times in the universe we reanalyze the same data used in
PRISM (Polarized Radiation Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission): An Extended White Paper
PRISM (Polarized Radiation Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission) was proposed to ESA in May 2013 as a large-class mission for investigating within the framework of the ESA Cosmic Vision program a set of
Fractal properties and small-scale structure of cosmic string networks
We present results from a detailed numerical study of the small-scale and loop production properties of cosmic string networks, based on the largest and highest resolution string simulations to date.
Constraining the evolution of the CMB temperature with SZ measurements from Planck data
The CMB temperature-redshift relation, T_CMB(z)=T_0(1+z), is a key prediction of the standard cosmology, but is violated in many non standard models. Constraining possible deviations to this law is
ESPRESSO: the Echelle spectrograph for rocky exoplanets and stable spectroscopic observations
ESPRESSO, the Echelle SPectrograph for Rocky Exoplanets and Stable Spectroscopic Observations, will combine the efficiency of modern echelle spectrograph design with extreme radial-velocity
Nightside condensation of iron in an ultra-hot giant exoplanet
Absorption lines of iron in the dayside atmosphere of an ultrahot giant exoplanet disappear after travelling across the nightside, showing that the iron has condensed during its travel.
Revisiting Proxima with ESPRESSO
We aim to confirm the presence of Proxima b using independent measurements obtained with the new ESPRESSO spectrograph, and refine the planetary parameters taking advantage of its improved precision.