Performance characterization of a phase-induced amplitude apodization complex focal plane mask

K. Newman, R. Belikov, O. Guyon

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The direct imaging of extrasolar planets is a prominent goal for modern astrophysics. Direct imaging is a technique which can detect some planets that are inherently not compatible with the transit or radial velocity techniques. Direct imaging can also make it possible to measure the spectrum of planet light, which can help to characterize the planet atmosphere. A coronagraph is a telescope instrument with the purpose of enabling direct detection of extrasolar planets and performing exoplanet science. A coronagraph operates by nulling the light from a single on-axis star so that the faint light of a nearby exoplanet can be observed. A typical coronagraph creates a focus of the starlight in the focal plane, and has an element known as a focal plane mask to block or manipulate the starlight. Another element in the pupil plane, known as the Lyot mask, is used to control diffraction from the blocked starlight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Space Optics, ICSO 2014
EditorsZoran Sodnik, Bruno Cugny, Nikos Karafolas
ISBN (Electronic)9781510616158
StatePublished - Nov 14 2017
EventInternational Conference on Space Optics, ICSO 2014 - La Caleta, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Duration: Oct 7 2014Oct 10 2014

Publication series

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


OtherInternational Conference on Space Optics, ICSO 2014
CityLa Caleta, Tenerife, Canary Islands

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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