Exoplanetary Science with Veloce in the Age of TESS

The Veloce spectrograph on the 4m Anglo-Australian Telescope will join a host of new facilities coming online in time to take part in the massive international endeavour of following up transiting exoplanets from NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satelite (TESS) launching this year. Veloce has a few unique niches in this endeavour - it is one of very few southern hemisphere facilities specifically designed to target the far-red (600-950nm) wavelength range, making ideal for confirming and measuring masses (and so densities) for potentially habitable, terrestrial M-dwarf exoplanets. And even more excitingly, surveying the large number of more massive M-dwarf exoplanets TESS will find to understand the system architectures that result from planet formation around low-mass stars. In addition to the Rosso arm comissioning in April 2018, two additional arms (Verde 450-600nm and Azzurro 350-450nm) are now funded to deliver full optical coverage at R=80,000 in one shot by the end of 2019. I will review results from our first comissioning runs, delivered performance and the new science that will be enabled for the first hemisphere of TESS operations.

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