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Speckle nulling for exoplanet detection with space-based coronagraphic telescopes
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Paper Abstract

To detect Earth-like planets in the visible with a coronagraphic telescope, two major noise sources have to be overcome: the photon noise of the diffracted star light, and the speckle noise due to the star light scattered by instrumental defects. Coronagraphs tackle only the photon noise contribution. In order to decrease the speckle noise below the planet level, an active control of the wave front is required. We have developed analytical methods to measure and correct the speckle noise behind a coronagraph with a deformable mirror. In this paper, we summarize these methods, present numerical simulations, and discuss preliminary experimental results obtained with the High-Contrast Imaging Testbed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 June 2006
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6265, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 62651C (14 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.670553
Show Author Affiliations
Pascal J. Bordé, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
California Institute of Technology (United States)
Wesley A. Traub, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Brian D. Kern, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
John T. Trauger, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Andreas C. Kuhnert, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6265:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter
John C. Mather; Howard A. MacEwen; Mattheus W. M. de Graauw, Editor(s)

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