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Design of a star, planet and exo-zodiacal cloud simulator for the nulling testbench PERSEE
Author(s): François Hénault; Paul Girard; Aurelie Marcotto; Nicolas Mauclert; Christophe Bailet; Bruno Lopez; Florentin Millour; Yves Rabbia; Alain Roussel; Marc Barillot; Julien Lozi; Frederic Cassaing; Kamel Houairi; Beatrice Sorrente; Joseph Montri; Emilie Lhome; Jean-Michel Reess; Laurie Pham; Jean-Tristan Buey; Vincent Coudé du Foresto; Sophie Jacquinod; Marc Ollivier; Jean-Michel Le Duigou
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Paper Abstract

On-going developments on the PERSEE nulling testbench include the realization of a focal plane simulator featuring one central star, an extra-solar planet orbiting around it, and an Exo-Zodiacal Cloud (EZC) surrounding the observed stellar system. PERSEE (Pégase Experiment for Research and Stabilization of Extreme Extinction) is a laboratory testbench jointly developed by a Consortium of six French institutes and companies, incorporating Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (OCA) who is in charge of the manufacturing and procurement of the future Star and Planet Simulator (SPS). In this communication is presented a complete description of the SPS, including general requirements, techniques employed for simulating the observed planet and EZC, opto-mechanical design and expected performance. The current status of the SPS activities is summarized in the conclusion, pending final integration on the PERSEE test bench in September 2011.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2011
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 8151, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets V, 815116 (15 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.892748
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François Hénault, Univ. de Nice Sophia Antipolis (France)
Paul Girard, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Aurelie Marcotto, Univ. de Nice Sophia Antipolis (France)
Nicolas Mauclert, Univ. de Nice Sophia Antipolis (France)
Christophe Bailet, Univ. de Nice Sophia Antipolis (France)
Bruno Lopez, Univ. Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)
Florentin Millour, Univ. de Nice Sophia Antipolis (France)
Yves Rabbia, Univ. de Nice Sophia Antipolis (France)
Alain Roussel, Univ. de Nice Sophia Antipolis (France)
Marc Barillot, Thales Alenia Space (France)
Julien Lozi, ONERA (France)
Frederic Cassaing, ONERA (France)
Kamel Houairi, Thales Alenia Space (France)
Beatrice Sorrente, ONERA (France)
Joseph Montri, ONERA (France)
Emilie Lhome, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Jean-Michel Reess, Observatoire de Paris à Meudon (France)
Laurie Pham, Observatoire de Paris à Meudon (France)
Jean-Tristan Buey, Observatoire de Paris à Meudon (France)
Vincent Coudé du Foresto, Observatoire de Paris à Meudon (France)
Sophie Jacquinod, Observatoire de Paris à Meudon (France)
Marc Ollivier, IAS (France)
Jean-Michel Le Duigou, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8151:
Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets V
Stuart Shaklan, Editor(s)

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