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Hybrid Lyot coronagraph for WFIRST: high-contrast broadband testbed demonstration
Author(s): Byoung-Joon Seo; Eric Cady; Brian Gordon; Brian Kern; Raymond Lam; David Marx; Dwight Moody; Richard Muller; Keith Patterson; Ilya Poberezhskiy; Camilo Mejia Prada; Erkin Sidick; Fang Shi; John Trauger; Daniel Wilson
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Paper Abstract

Hybrid Lyot Coronagraph (HLC) is one of the two operating modes of the Wide-Field InfraRed Survey Telescope (WFIRST) coronagraph instrument. Since being selected by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in December 2013, the coronagraph technology is being matured to Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 by 2018. To demonstrate starlight suppression in presence of expecting on-orbit input wavefront disturbances, we have built a dynamic testbed in Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in 2016. This testbed, named as Occulting Mask Coronagraph (OMC) testbed, is designed analogous to the WFIRST flight instrument architecture: It has both HLC and Shape Pupil Coronagraph (SPC) architectures, and also has the Low Order Wavefront Sensing and Control (LOWFS/C) subsystem to sense and correct the dynamic wavefront disturbances. We present upto-date progress of HLC mode demonstration in the OMC testbed. SPC results will be reported separately. We inject the flight-like Line of Sight (LoS) and Wavefront Error (WFE) perturbation to the OMC testbed and demonstrate wavefront control using two deformable mirrors while the LOWFS/C is correcting those perturbation in our vacuum testbed. As a result, we obtain repeatable convergence below 5 × 10−9 mean contrast with 10% broadband light centered at 550 nm in the 360 degrees dark hole with working angle between 3 λ/D and 9 λ/D. We present the key hardware and software used in the testbed, the performance results and their comparison to model expectations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2017
PDF: 21 pages
Proc. SPIE 10400, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VIII, 104000F (1 September 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2274687
Show Author Affiliations
Byoung-Joon Seo, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Eric Cady, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Brian Gordon, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Brian Kern, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Raymond Lam, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
David Marx, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Dwight Moody, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Richard Muller, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Keith Patterson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Ilya Poberezhskiy, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Camilo Mejia Prada, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Erkin Sidick, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Fang Shi, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
John Trauger, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Daniel Wilson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10400:
Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VIII
Stuart Shaklan, Editor(s)

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