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High-dynamic-range imaging with the phase knife coronagraph: theory and first laboratory results
Author(s): Lyu Abe; Armando Domiciano de Souza Jr.; Farrokh Vakili
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Paper Abstract

We report experimental results from the Phase Knife Coronagaph which validate our previous theoretical and numerical simulations, prove the physical principle of it and set realistic limitations to the nulling properties of the coronagraph. The optical set-up, phase knives manufacturing technique and different aspects of the instrumental limitations are given. The first results attain easily a 3000 nulling effect obtained both on single and double simulated stars. Optical and mechanical stabilities are discussed and future steps to be carried out are outlined.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 March 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4860, High-Contrast Imaging for Exo-Planet Detection, (3 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.457638
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Lyu Abe, Univ. of Nice Sophia-Antipolis (France)
Armando Domiciano de Souza Jr., Univ. of Nice Sophia-Antipolis (France)
Farrokh Vakili, Univ. of Nice Sophia-Antipolis (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4860:
High-Contrast Imaging for Exo-Planet Detection
Alfred B. Schultz; Richard G. Lyon, Editor(s)

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