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Exoplanet exploration program planet detection test-bed: latest results of planet light detection in the presence of starlight
Author(s): Andrew J. Booth; Stefan R. Martin; Frank Loya
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Paper Abstract

The Planet Detection Test-bed is a lab based simulation of the optics and control systems for an interferometer based Terrestrial Exoplanet characterization mission. The test-bed supports starlight nulling at 10um infrared wavelengths, with fringe tracking at 2um wavelengths and angle and shear tracking at visible wavelengths. It further allows injection of simulated planet light in the presence of the nulled star light, to allow testing of planet detection methods. We will describe the detailed construction and operation of the test-bed from an optical and control system perspective. We will also report the latest results for narrow band nulls, and the detection of broad band planet light in the presence of nulled starlight.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7013, Optical and Infrared Interferometry, 701320 (28 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.786685
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew J. Booth, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Stefan R. Martin, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Frank Loya, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7013:
Optical and Infrared Interferometry
Markus Schöller; William C. Danchi; Françoise Delplancke, Editor(s)

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