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Finding and measuring extrasolar planets using speckle statistics
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Paper Abstract

The main limitation to imaging of planets outside the Solar System is the contrast ratio and small separation between the star and its companion. Quasi-static speckles produced by the telescope optics constitute the main impediment for detection of close-in sources. We propose a complete framework for the detection and first-order characterization of extrasolar planets from a sequence of compensated images. The new methods rely on the observation that statistics of intensity inside the core of a high-quality point spread function differ from the off-axis (speckle) statistics. To calculate the efficiency of our methods we derive analytical expressions for mean and standard deviation of intensity. For photometry, the difference in statistics between the on-axis and off-axis intensity is used to constrain a one-dimensional, "blind," iterative deconvolution at the position of the companion.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7387, Speckle 2010: Optical Metrology, 73870Z (13 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.870757
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Szymon Gladysz, European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (Germany)
Natalia Yaitskova, European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7387:
Speckle 2010: Optical Metrology
Armando Albertazzi Goncalves Jr.; Guillermo H. Kaufmann, Editor(s)

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