The APACHE Project
1 INAF – Osservatorio Astrofisico di Torino Via Osservatorio 20, 10025 Pino Torinese, Italy
2 Astronomical Observatory of the Autonomous Region of the Aosta Valley, Loc. Lignan 39, 11020 Nus (Aosta), Italy
3 Dept. of Physics, University of Perugia, via A. Pascoli, 06123 Perugia, Italy
4 Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Padova, Vicolo dell'Osservatorio 5, 35122 Padova, Italy
5 Dept. of Physics, University of Trieste, via Tiepolo 11, 34143 Trieste, Italy
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First, we summarize the four-year long efforts undertaken to build the final setup of the APACHE Project, a photometric transit search for small-size planets orbiting bright, low-mass M dwarfs. Next, we describe the present status of the APACHE survey, officially started in July 2012 at the site of the Astronomical Observatory of the Autonomous Region of the Aosta Valley, in the Western Italian Alps. Finally, we briefly discuss the potentially far-reaching consequences of a multi-technique characterization program of the (potentially planet-bearing) APACHE targets.
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