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WFIRST coronagraph: digging dark-holes with partially corrected pupil phase
Author(s): Erkin Sidick; John Krist; Ilya Poberezhskiy
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Paper Abstract

The WFIRST coronagraph employs two sequential deformable mirrors to compensate for phase and amplitude errors in the coronagraph optical system. In such a system the actuators of the deformable mirrors would be used for two purposes: To flatten the overall wavefront errors at a system pupil, and to create "dark-holes". The actuators have limited stroke ranges. Therefore, if the pupil phase errors are relatively large, flattening them completely could use up a significant portion of the actuator stroke, sometimes leaving insufficient stroke for creating the dark-holes. We have investigated the impact of partially-corrected pupil phase errors on a Hybrid Lyot Coronagraph (HLC) broadband contrast performance. The predicted broadband contrast floor agrees well with those measured on the HLC testbed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 July 2018
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 10698, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 106986W (16 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2313520
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Erkin Sidick, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
John Krist, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Ilya Poberezhskiy, 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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