A → polarimeter using the → spectrographic capabilities of the → High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) to measure the → Zeeman effect indicating the presence of a → magnetic field at the surface some stars. This combined instrument is installed at the ESO 3.6-m telescope at → La Silla Observatory (Chile) and covers the 3800-6900 Å wavelength region with an average → spectral resolution of 110,000 (Piskunov, et al., 2011, ESO Messenger 143, 7). HARPSpol is mainly used in research on → magnetic fields in stars. See also → magnetic star, → magnetic massive star, → magneto-asteroseismology
High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS)
A high-precision echelle spectrograph built for exoplanet findings and installed on the ESO's 3.6m telescope at La Silla Observatory in Chile. The first light was achieved in February 2003. HARPS has discovered dozens of exoplanets, making it the most successful planet finder behind the Kepler space observatory. HARPS can detect movements as small as 0.97 m s-1 (3.5 km h-1), with an effective precision of the order of 30 cm s-1, and a → resolving power of 120,000 (Mayor et al., 2003, ESO Messengar 114, 20).