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SHARK-VIS the LBT high contrast imager at visible wavelengths
Author(s): M. Mattioli; F. Pedichini; S. Antoniucci; G. Li Causi; R. Piazzesi; M. Stangalini; V. Testa
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Paper Abstract

SHARK-VIS, the LBT forthcoming high-contrast imager, is undergoing its fabrication phase and will see its first light in Q4-2019. By exploiting the outstanding performance of the LBT SOUL adaptive optics in the range of wavelength from 400 to 1000 nm, the instrument is expected to provide breakthrough science results in different fields, from exoplanets detection and characterization, to star formation with resolutions around 15mas and a contrast larger than 1e-5 at 100mas of separation. This will be possible thanks to the unprecedented performances of the LBT extreme AO system and the instrument fast-frame-rate acquisition as already demonstrated by preliminary tests on-sky. In this contribution, we will review the main technical aspects of the instrument and present the current project status.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2018
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 10702, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 107024F (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2312591
Show Author Affiliations
M. Mattioli, INAF - Rome Observatory (Italy)
ADONI – ADaptive Optics National lab. in Italy (Italy)
F. Pedichini, INAF -Rome Observatory (Italy)
ADONI - ADaptive Optics National lab. in Italy (Italy)
S. Antoniucci, INAF - Rome Observatory (Italy)
ADONI - ADaptive Optics National lab. in Italy (Italy)
G. Li Causi, INAF - Rome Observatory (Italy)
ADONI - ADaptive Optics National lab. in Italy (Italy)
INAF-Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Italy)
R. Piazzesi, INAF - Rome Observatory (Italy)
ADONI - ADaptive Optics National lab. in Italy (Italy)
M. Stangalini, INAF - Rome Observatory (Italy)
ADONI - ADaptive Optics National lab. in Italy (Italy)
V. Testa, INAF - Rome Observatory (Italy)
ADONI – ADaptive Optics National lab. in Italy (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10702:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
Christopher J. Evans; Luc Simard; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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