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The FIRST project: a single-mode fiber-based very high-dynamic range diffraction-limited imaging instrument at visible to near-infrared wavelengths
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Paper Abstract

We describe the present status of the development of a very high-dynamic range, diffraction limited imaging instrument FIRST (Fibered Imager foR Single Telescope), among which goals is the detection of nearby extra-solar planets at visible to near-infrared wavelengths from the ground. We have started to develop a prototype system which consists of a number of novel designs such as a segmented micro mirror array and silicon micro machined single-mode fiber arrays. Furthermore, we have proposed to build a FIRST instrument for the CFHT, which will be complementary to high-dynamic range instruments developed for 8m class telescopes at near-infrared wavelengths.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7014, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II, 70141P (9 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789008
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Takayuki Kotani, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Guy Perrin, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Sylvestre Lacour, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Eric Thiébaut, Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon (France)
Julien Woillez, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Pierre Fedou, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Jean-Philippe Berger, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Pascal Bordé, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Univ. Paris-Sud (France)
Olivier Chesneau, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (France)
Pierre Kervella, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Olivier Lai, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (United States)
Alain Lecavelier, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie (France)
Stephen T. Ridgway, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Daniel Rouan, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Alfred Vidal-Madjar, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7014:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II
Ian S. McLean; Mark M. Casali, Editor(s)

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