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Project 1640: the world's first ExAO coronagraphic hyperspectral imager for comparative planetary science
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Paper Abstract

Project 1640, a high-contrast spectral-imaging effort involving a coordinated set of instrumentation and software, built at AMNH, JPL, Cambridge and Caltech, has been commissioned and is fully operational. This novel suite of instrumentation includes a 3388+241-actuator adaptive optics system, an optimized apodized pupil Lyot coronagraph, an integral field spectrograph, and an interferometric calibration wave front sensor. Project 1640 is the first of its kind of instrumentation, designed to image and characterize planetary systems around nearby stars, employing a variety of techniques to break the speckle-noise barrier. It is operational roughly one year before any similar project, with the goal of reaching a contrast of 10-7 at 1 arcsecond separation. We describe the instrument, highlight recent results, and document on-sky performance at the start of a 3-year, 99-night survey at the Palomar 5-m Hale telescope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2012
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8447, Adaptive Optics Systems III, 844720 (13 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926419
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Ben R. Oppenheimer, American Museum of Natural History (United States)
Charles Beichman, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Douglas Brenner, American Museum of Natural History (United States)
Rick Burruss, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Eric Cady, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Justin Crepp, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Lynne Hillenbrand, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Sasha Hinkley, California Institute of Technology (United States)
E. Robert Ligon III, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Thomas Lockhart, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Ian Parry, Institute of Astronomy, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Laurent Pueyo, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Emily Rice, American Museum of Natural History (United States)
Lewis C. Roberts Jr., Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jennifer Roberts, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Michael Shao, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Anand Sivaramakrishnan, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Rémi Soummer, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Gautam Vasisht, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Fred Vescelus, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
J. Kent Wallace, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Chengxing Zhai, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Neil Zimmerman, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8447:
Adaptive Optics Systems III
Brent L. Ellerbroek; Enrico Marchetti; Jean-Pierre Véran, Editor(s)

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