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High-frequency wavefront structure and its effects on the detection of faint companions using adaptive optics
Author(s): Maud P. Langlois; David G. Sandler; Patrick T. Ryan; Donald W. McCarthy
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Paper Abstract

This paper looks at the detection limits using the new adaptive optics system on the 3.5m SOR telescope, reported by P. Ryan et al. at this conference. We discuss recent advances in our understating of the nature of high frequency wavefront structure. We analyze the various sources of high- frequency wavefront error, arising from residual adaptive optics errors, and other sources of scattered light. We characterize the AO system efficiency in the K band in terms of profile, noise level and noise time correlation. A sharp edge coronograph was used and it improved the performance as much as needed to detect brown dwarfs. Finally we give the exposure time required to detect such companions using the actual AO associated with the coronographic device, and we also point out what needs to be improved on the AO system as well as on the coronographic device in order to reach the level required for detecting exoplanets.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3353, Adaptive Optical System Technologies, (11 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.321676
Show Author Affiliations
Maud P. Langlois, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United Kingdom)
David G. Sandler, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona and ThermoTrex Corp. (United States)
Patrick T. Ryan, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Donald W. McCarthy, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3353:
Adaptive Optical System Technologies
Domenico Bonaccini; Robert K. Tyson, Editor(s)

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