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The Gemini Planet Imager calibration wavefront sensor instrument
Author(s): J. Kent Wallace; Rick S. Burruss; Randall D. Bartos; Thang Q. Trinh; Laurent A. Pueyo; Santos F. Fregoso; John R. Angione; J. Chris Shelton
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Paper Abstract

The Gemini Planet Imager is an extreme adaptive optics system that will employ an apodized-pupil coronagraph to make direct detections of faint companions of nearby stars to a contrast level of the 10-7 within a few lambda/D of the parent star. Such high contrasts from the ground require exquisite wavefront sensing and control both for the AO system as well as for the coronagraph. Un-sensed non-common path phase and amplitude errors after the wavefront sensor dichroic but before the coronagraph would lead to speckles which would ultimately limit the contrast. The calibration wavefront system for GPI will measure the complex wavefront at the system pupil before the apodizer and provide slow phase corrections to the AO system to mitigate errors that would cause a loss in contrast. The calibration wavefront sensor instrument for GPI has been built. We will describe the instrument and its performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7736, Adaptive Optics Systems II, 77365D (15 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.858269
Show Author Affiliations
J. Kent Wallace, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Rick S. Burruss, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Randall D. Bartos, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Thang Q. Trinh, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Laurent A. Pueyo, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Santos F. Fregoso, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
John R. Angione, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
J. Chris Shelton, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7736:
Adaptive Optics Systems II
Brent L. Ellerbroek; Michael Hart; Norbert Hubin; Peter L. Wizinowich, Editor(s)

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