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The AFOE Program of Extra-Solar Planet Research

The AFOE Program of Extra-Solar Planet Research

R. Noyes, S. Jha, S. Korzennik, M. Krockenberger, P. Malloy, P. Nisenson
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge MA

T. Brown, E. Kennelly
High Altitude Observatory, Boulder CO

S. Horner
Pennsylvania State University, University Park PA

We describe the program for detection and characterization of extra-solar planets using the Advanced Fiber Optic Echelle (AFOE) spectrograph, developed at Mt. Hopkins Observatory jointly by CfA and HAO. The AFOE is capable of obtaining radial velocity precision better than 10 m s-1 on relatively bright stars, and has produced data confirming the low mass companions to 51 Peg, Tau Boo, and Upsilon And. We describe the current observing program for monitoring a number of solar-like stars.