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Dark hole and planet detection: laboratory results using the self-coherent camera
Author(s): Pierre Baudoz; Johan Mazoyer; Marion Mas; Raphaël Galicher; Gérard Rousset
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Paper Abstract

Direct imaging and low-resolution spectroscopy of extrasolar planets are exciting but challenging scientific applications of coronagraphy. While the angular separation is well within the reach of actual telescope in the near IR or visible, the planet-star contrast (from 10−6 to 10−10) requires wavefront quality and stability hard to reach even with a well-polished space telescope. Several solutions have been proposed to tackle the speckle noise introduced by the residual optical defects. While some concepts rely only on active wavefront correction using deformable mirror, other techniques are based on post-processing and subtract a reference image recorded sometimes simultaneously with the science image. One interesting solution is to choose a concept that allows both active correction and post-processing of high contrast coronagraphic images. This is the case of the Self Coherent Camera (SCC), which has been proposed for the project of space coronagraph SPICES and for the ground-based planet finder EPICS studied for the European Extremely Large Telescope. After recalling the SCC principle, we present both monochromatic and modest bandwidth (2%) experimental results of Dark Hole in the focal plane using a SCC. Example of a post-processing result with SCC is also given to emphasize the interest of combining it with active correction.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 84468C (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926575
Show Author Affiliations
Pierre Baudoz, Lab. d'Etudes Spatiales et d'Instrumentation en Astrophysique, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Johan Mazoyer, Lab. d'Etudes Spatiales et d'Instrumentation en Astrophysique, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Marion Mas, Lab. d'Etudes Spatiales et d'Instrumentation en Astrophysique, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Raphaël Galicher, Hertzberg Institute of Astrophysics, National Research Council of Canada (Canada)
Univ. de Montreal (Canada)
Gérard Rousset, Lab. d'Etudes Spatiales et d'Instrumentation en Astrophysique, Observatoire de Paris (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8446:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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