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High contrast imaging with IRDIS near infrared polarimeter
Author(s): M. Langlois; K. Dohlen; J.-C. Augereau; D. Mouillet; A. Boccaletti; H.-M. Schmid
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Paper Abstract

The ESO planet-finder VLT instrument SPHERE (Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch), scheduled for first light in 2011, aims to detected and characterize giant extra-solar planet and the circumstellar environments in the very close vicinity of bright stars. The extreme brightness contrast and small angular separation between the planets or disks and their parent stars have so far proven very challenging. SPHERE will meet this challenge by using an extreme AO system, stellar coronagraphs, an infrared dual band and polarimetric imager called IRDIS, an integral field spectrograph, and a visible polarimetric differential imager called ZIMPOL. Additional smart imaging techniques such has differential imaging and differential polarimetry will be also included to cancel out the light from the parent star and reach typical contrasts of 10-5. We describe here the performances and the detection limit of IRDIS polarimetric mode for imaging extended stellar environments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 July 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7735, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 77352U (21 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857221
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M. Langlois, Ctr. de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, CNRS, Univ. Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (France)
K. Dohlen, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS, Univ. de Provence (France)
J.-C. Augereau, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble, CNRS, Univ. Joseph Fourier (France)
D. Mouillet, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble, CNRS, Univ. Joseph Fourier (France)
A. Boccaletti, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
H.-M. Schmid, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7735:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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