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Optimizing the broadband performance of TPF's high-contrast imaging testbed through modeling and simulations
Author(s): Erkin Sidick; Brian Kern; Anreas C. Kuhnert
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Paper Abstract

We have carried out some investigation to optimize the broadband performance of the high-contrast imaging testbed (HCIT) at JPL through optical modeling and simulations. The analytical tool is an optical simulation algorithm developed by combining the HCIT's optical model with a speckle-nulling algorithm that operates directly on coronagraphic images, an algorithm very similar to the one that has been used on the HCIT. We have experimented in our simulations with different designs for the occulting mask and the Lyot Stop, and also tried several different speckle-nulling approaches. Some results predicted by our simulations agree well with the results measured on the HCIT. In this paper we describe the details of our simulations and present our results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 September 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6693, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets III, 66931B (19 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.731676
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Erkin Sidick, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Brian Kern, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Anreas C. Kuhnert, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6693:
Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets III
Daniel R. Coulter, Editor(s)

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