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High-contrast imaging of space objects using diffractive optics
Author(s): Olha Asmolova; Prayant Hanjra; Elizabeth J. Young; Michael Dearborn
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Paper Abstract

We are designing a telescope imaging system based on an apodized diffractive optical element called an apodized photon sieve (APS) in order to detect exoplanets. APSs are orders of magnitude less massive, lightweight and more compactable than mirrors. Proposed imaging system can be installed on any telescope as an "attachment" or used as a telescope itself as a part of a CubeSat payload. Methods were developed for designing the apodized sieves, measuring PSFs, and characterizing high-contrast performance of the imaging system. This new kind of APS has rotational symmetry and provides high-contrast (up to 10-10 levels) in all directions with just one image with the throughput of 40% or higher.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 September 2018
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10772, Unconventional and Indirect Imaging, Image Reconstruction, and Wavefront Sensing 2018, 107720J (18 September 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2321193
Show Author Affiliations
Olha Asmolova, U.S. Air Force Academy (United States)
Prayant Hanjra, U.S. Air Force Academy (United States)
Elizabeth J. Young, Rhodes College (United States)
Michael Dearborn, The MITRE Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10772:
Unconventional and Indirect Imaging, Image Reconstruction, and Wavefront Sensing 2018
Jean J. Dolne; Philip J. Bones, Editor(s)

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