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Update on TPF coronagraph polarization
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Paper Abstract

The Terrestrial Planet Finder Coronagraph (TPF-C) is a future NASA mission to search for earth-like planets around nearby stars. Detecting a planet that is almost 10 billion times fainter than its parent star is extremely difficult, and it has been shown that polarization effects can cause stellar leakage which threatens that sensitivity goal. Building on our earlier work, we now show the combination of basic polarization effects with a representative coronagraph masking system, the eighth order linear field mask and Lyot stop, results in adequate performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2005
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5905, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets II, 590514 (15 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.620338
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Charley Noecker, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Rob Bates, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Nicholas M. Elias, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Jennifer Turner-Valle, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5905:
Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets II
Daniel R. Coulter, Editor(s)

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