Vulcan Camera Project
The Vulcan Camera Project is an effort, supported by NASA Ames Research Center, to detect large exoplanets by photometry. The Vulcan photometer employs a 4-inch aperture telescope and charge-coupled device imager for demonstrating the feasibility of this technique. Specific objectives are to determine the frequency of Jupiter- and Saturn-sized planets in inner orbits around a variety of stellar types and to characterize those planets in terms of size, density, and semi-major axis, in order to try to correlate the nature of the planets found with the spectral type of their host stars. If the project is successful it will provide impetus to the space-based Kepler Project.