A Visible-light Lyot Coronagraph for SCExAO/VAMPIRES

Miles Lucas, Michael Bottom, Olivier Guyon, Julien Lozi, Barnaby Norris, Vincent Deo, Sébastien Vievard, Kyohoon Ahn, Nour Skaf, Peter Tuthill

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We describe the design and initial results from a visible-light Lyot coronagraph for SCExAO/VAMPIRES. The coronagraph is comprised of four hard-edged, partially transmissive focal plane masks with inner working angles of 36 mas, 55 mas, 92 mas and 129 mas, respectively. The Lyot stop is a reflective, undersized design with a geometric throughput of 65.7%. Our preliminary on-sky contrast is 10−2 at 0.1′′ to 10−4 at 0.75′′ for all mask sizes. The coronagraph was deployed in early 2022 and is available for open use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IX
EditorsChristopher J. Evans, Julia J. Bryant, Kentaro Motohara
ISBN (Electronic)9781510653498
StatePublished - 2022
EventGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IX 2022 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: Jul 17 2022Jul 22 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IX 2022


  • Coronagraph
  • Exoplanets
  • High-Contrast Imaging
  • Optical

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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