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Taking the vector vortex coronagraph to the next level for ground- and space-based exoplanet imaging instruments: review of technology developments in the USA, Japan, and Europe
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Paper Abstract

The Vector Vortex Coronagraph (VVC) is one of the most attractive new-generation coronagraphs for ground- and space-based exoplanet imaging/characterization instruments, as recently demonstrated on sky at Palomar and in the laboratory at JPL, and Hokkaido University. Manufacturing technologies for devices covering wavelength ranges from the optical to the mid-infrared, have been maturing quickly. We will review the current status of technology developments supported by NASA in the USA (Jet Propulsion Laboratory-California Institute of Technology, University of Arizona, JDSU and BEAMCo), Europe (University of Li`ege, Observatoire de Paris- Meudon, University of Uppsala) and Japan (Hokkaido University, and Photonics Lattice Inc.), using liquid crystal polymers, subwavelength gratings, and photonics crystals, respectively. We will then browse concrete perspectives for the use of the VVC on upcoming ground-based facilities with or without (extreme) adaptive optics, extremely large ground-based telescopes, and space-based internal coronagraphs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2011
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 8151, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets V, 815108 (15 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.896059
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Dimitri Mawet, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Naoshi Murakami, Hokkaido Univ. (Japan)
Christian Delacroix, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
Eugene Serabyn, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Olivier Absil, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
Naoshi Baba, Hokkaido Univ. (Japan)
Jacques Baudrand, Observatoire de Paris à Meudon (France)
Anthony Boccaletti, Observatoire de Paris à Meudon (France)
Rick Burruss, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Russell Chipman, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Pontus Forsberg, Uppsala Univ. (Sweden)
Serge Habraken, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
Shoki Hamaguchi, Hokkaido Univ. (Japan)
Charles Hanot, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
Akitoshi Ise, Hokkaido Univ. (Japan)
Mikael Karlsson, Uppsala Univ. (Sweden)
Brian Kern, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
John Krist, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Andreas Kuhnert, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Marie Levine, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Kurt Liewer, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Stephen McClain, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Scott McEldowney, Microsoft (United States)
Bertrand Mennesson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Dwight Moody, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Hiroshi Murakami, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
Albert Niessner, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jun Nishikawa, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Nada O'Brien, JDSU (United States)
Kazuhiko Oka, Hokkaido Univ. (Japan)
Peggy Park, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Pierre Piron, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
Laurent Pueyo, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Pierre Riaud, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
Moritsugu Sakamoto, Hokkaido Univ. (Japan)
Motohide Tamura, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
John Trauger, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
David Shemo, JDSU (United States)
Jean Surdej, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
Nelson Tabirian, BEAM Engineering for Advanced Measurements Co. (United States)
Wesley Traub, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
James Wallace, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Kaito Yokochi, Tokyo Univ. of Agriculture and Technology (Japan)


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

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