High performance coronagraphy for direct imaging of exoplanets

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Coronagraphy has recently been an extremely active field of research, with several high performance concepts proposed, and several new coronagraphs tested in laboratories and telescopes. Coronagraph concepts can be grouped in a few broad categories: Lyot-type coronagraphs, pupil apodization and nulling interferometers. Among existing coronagraph concepts, several approach the fundamental performance limit imposed by the physical nature of light. To achieve their full potential, coronagraphs require exquisite wavefront control and calibration. This has been, and still is, the main bottleneck for the scientifically productive use of coronagraphs on ground-based telescopes. New and promising wavefront sensing techniques suitable for high contrast imaging have however been developed in the last few years and are started to be realized in laboratories. I will review some of these enabling technologies, and show that coronagraphs are now ready for "prime time" on existing and future telescopes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationResearch, Science and Technology of Brown Dwarfs and Exoplanets
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of an International Conference Held in Shangai on Occasion of a Total Eclipse of the Sun
EditorsWeipeng Lin, Eduardo L. Martin, Eduardo L. Martin, Jian Ge
PublisherEDP Sciences
ISBN (Electronic)9782759806645
StatePublished - Jul 18 2011
EventInternational Conference Held in Shangai on Occasion of a Total Eclipse of the Sun - Shanghai, China
Duration: Jul 20 2009Jul 24 2009

Publication series

NameEPJ Web of Conferences
ISSN (Print)2101-6275
ISSN (Electronic)2100-014X


OtherInternational Conference Held in Shangai on Occasion of a Total Eclipse of the Sun

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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