On this page please provide information about the the science performance and results of the instruments, inlcuding e.g. science verification and publications.

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Published papers involving SPHERE

  • Through ESO Telbib
    Note: Only refereed papers already printed will show up for the current year.
  • Through ADS
    Note: the list of refeered and non-refeered papers returned by this query is not 100% exhaustive, but it includes arXiv e-prints.

Science verification

SPHERE commissioning

During the successful commissioning runs of SPHERE in May, July, August and October 2014, some selected targets were observed to demonstrate the capabilities of the instrument in its three modes – Integral Field Spectrograph (IFS); InfraRed Dual-band Imager and Spectrograph (IRDIS); Zurich imaging polarimeter (ZIMPOL). The most interesting data sets were released publicly:

Selected Science Results

Although the primary science goal of SPHERE is imaging, low-resolution spectroscopic, and polarimetric characterization of extra-solar planetary systems, it can be used for a variety of science cases. A handful of representative science cases with published work will be added at this page as they become available.