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Multi-axial interferometry: demonstration of deep nulling
Author(s): Christophe Buisset; Xavier Rejeaunier; Yves Rabbia; Cyril Ruilier; Marc Barillot; Lars Lierstuen; Josep Maria Perdigués Armengol

Paper Abstract

The ESA-Darwin mission is devoted to direct detection and spectroscopic characterization of earthlike exoplanets. Starlight rejection is achieved by nulling interferometry from space so as to make detectable the faintly emitting planet in the neighborhood.

In that context, Alcatel Alenia Space has developed a nulling breadboard for ESA in order to demonstrate in laboratory conditions the rejection of an on-axis source. This device, the Multi Aperture Imaging Interferometer (MAII) demonstrated high rejection capability at a relevant level for exoplanets, in singlepolarized and mono-chromatic conditions.

In this paper we report on the new multi-axial configuration of MAII and we summarize our late nulling results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2017
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 10567, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2006, 105672J (21 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2308166
Show Author Affiliations
Christophe Buisset, Alcatel Alenia Space (France)
Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur (France)
Xavier Rejeaunier, Alcatel Alenia Space (France)
Yves Rabbia, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (France)
Cyril Ruilier, Alcatel Alenia Space (France)
Marc Barillot, Alcatel Alenia Space (France)
Lars Lierstuen, Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace AS (Norway)
Josep Maria Perdigués Armengol, ESA-ESTEC (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10567:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2006
Errico Armandillo; Josiane Costeraste; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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