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The Lyot project: toward exoplanet imaging and spectroscopy
Author(s): Ben R. Oppenheimer; Andrew P. Digby; Laura Newburgh; Douglas Brenner; Michael Shara; Jacob Mey; Charles Mandeville; Russell B. Makidon; Anand Sivaramakrishnan; Remi Soummer; James R. Graham; Paul Kalas; Marshall D. Perrin; Lewis C. Roberts Jr.; Jeffrey R. Kuhn; Kathryn Whitman; James P. Lloyd
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Paper Abstract

Among the adaptive optics systems available to astronomers, the US Air Force Advanced Electro-Optical System (AEOS) is unique because it delivers very high order wave front correction. The Lyot Project includes the construction and installation of the world’s first diffraction-limited, optimized coronagraph that exploits the full astronomical potential of AEOS and represents a critical step toward the long-term goal of directly imaging and studying extrasolar planets (a.k.a. “exoplanets”). We provide an update on the Project, whose coronagraph saw first light in March 2004. The coronagraph is operating at least as well as predicted by simulations, and a survey of nearby stars has begun.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5490, Advancements in Adaptive Optics, (25 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.552211
Show Author Affiliations
Ben R. Oppenheimer, American Museum of Natural History (United States)
Andrew P. Digby, American Museum of Natural History (United States)
Laura Newburgh, American Museum of Natural History (United States)
Douglas Brenner, American Museum of Natural History (United States)
Michael Shara, American Museum of Natural History (United States)
Jacob Mey, American Museum of Natural History (United States)
Charles Mandeville, American Museum of Natural History (United States)
Russell B. Makidon, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Anand Sivaramakrishnan, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Remi Soummer, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
James R. Graham, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Paul Kalas, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Marshall D. Perrin, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Lewis C. Roberts Jr., The Boeing Co. (United States)
Jeffrey R. Kuhn, Univ. of Hawaii (United States)
Kathryn Whitman, Univ. of Hawaii (United States)
James P. Lloyd, California Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5490:
Advancements in Adaptive Optics
Domenico Bonaccini Calia; Brent L. Ellerbroek; Roberto Ragazzoni, Editor(s)

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