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Modeling polarization effects in nulling interferometers
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Polarization plays a significant role in nulling interferometry and should be considered early in the instrument design process. In this paper, I demonstrate that mirror trains with near-normal incidence angles increase the leakage into the central null more than other mirror trains for a given amount of misalignment perpendicular to the incidence plane. Also, throughput and polarization non-uniformity across a wave front will significantly increase the leakage. To simplify top-level modeling of this effect, I derive a "throughput/polarization" version of the Strehl ratio.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 November 2003
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 5170, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets, (19 November 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.506106
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Nicholas M. Elias II, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5170:
Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets
Daniel R. Coulter, Editor(s)

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