SPIRou - un SpectroPolarimètre Infra-Rouge
A Near-InfraRed Spectropolarimeter


SPIRou is a near-infrared spectropolarimeter and high-precision velocimeter being designed as a new Guest Instrument for CFHT. It will be installed at the Cassegrain telescope focus in 2017 after its construction and validation tests are performed by the instrument consortium. The main science goals of SPIRou are the search and characterization of habitable exo-Earths around low-mass stars, and the study of the magnetic topology of young protostars as a tool for investigating star/planet formation mechanisms.

SPIRou news

  • May 2014: opening of the SPIRou web site
  • April 2014: final desing review for SPIRou, successfully passed in Toulouse
  • January 23, 2014: the SPIRou project presented in the comics "Le Journal de SPIRou" (in French)
  • January 16, 2014: progress meeting and pre-FDR review for SPIRou
  • November, 5 2013: SPIRou has been chosen as a Guest Instrument and funded by CFHT
  • October 2012: SPIRou Preliminary Design Review at CFHT
  • June 2011: Kick-off meeting in Paris
  • October 2010: SPIRou CoDR at CFHT