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Shaped pupil coronagraph: disk science mask experimental verification and testing
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Paper Abstract

The Shaped Pupil Coronagraph (SPC) is one of the two operating modes of the baseline coronagraph instrument for the proposed WFIRST mission. While in SPC mode, multiple sets of shaped pupil masks and focal plane masks would be available for various imaging tasks. The disk science mask set (SPC-DSM) is designed for exozodiacal disk science. With a 360 degree high contrast field of view, extending up to 20 λ/D, the SPC-DSM provides a powerful tool to study exozodiacal dust clouds associated with stellar debris disks to gain insight of the exoplanet formation and stellar disk dynamics. We will describe the performance verification and demonstration of the SPC-DSM coronagraph as tested in the high contrast imaging testbed (HCIT) at JPL. The goal of the testbed demonstration is an average contrast of 5e-9 over a 10% bandwidth centered at 565nm, in a field of view extending from 6.5 λ/D to 20 λ/D. We will discuss electric field conjugation, performance metrics, and model agreement as applied to the SPC-DSM.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 July 2018
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10698, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 106981E (16 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2312602
Show Author Affiliations
David Marx, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Eric Cady, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
A. J. Eldorado Riggs, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Camilo Prada, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Brian Kern, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Byoung-Joon Seo, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Fang Shi, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10698:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Makenzie Lystrup; Howard A. MacEwen; Giovanni G. Fazio; Natalie Batalha; Nicholas Siegler; Edward C. Tong, Editor(s)

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