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Laboratory test of a polarimetry imaging subtraction system for the high-contrast imaging
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Paper Abstract

We propose a polarimetry imaging subtraction test system that can be used for the direct imaging of the reflected light from exoplanets. Such a system will be able to remove the speckle noise scattered by the wave-front error and thus can enhance the high-contrast imaging. In this system, we use a Wollaston Prism (WP) to divide the incoming light into two simultaneous images with perpendicular linear polarizations. One of the images is used as the reference image. Then both the phase and geometric distortion corrections have been performed on the other image. The corrected image is subtracted with the reference image to remove the speckles. The whole procedure is based on an optimization algorithm and the target function is to minimize the residual speckles after subtraction. For demonstration purpose, here we only use a circular pupil in the test without integrating of our apodized-pupil coronagraph. It is shown that best result can be gained by inducing both phase and distortion corrections. Finally, it has reached an extra contrast gain of 50-times improvement in average, which is promising to be used for the direct imaging of exoplanets.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 84468D (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.924245
Show Author Affiliations
Jiangpei Dou, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology (China)
Deqing Ren, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology (China)
California State Univ., Northridge (United States)
Yongtian Zhu, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology (China)
Xi Zhang, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology (China)
Graduate Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Rong Li, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology (China)
Graduate Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8446:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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