Photonic spectro-interferometry with SCExAO/FIRST at the Subaru Telescope: towards Hα imaging of protoplanets

S. Vievard, M. Lallement, E. Huby, S. Lacour, O. Guyon, N. Jovanovic, S. Leon-Saval, J. Lozi, V. Deo, K. Ahn, N. Cvetojevic, K. Barjot, G. Martin, H. D. Kenchington-Goldsmith, G. Duchêne, T. Kotani, F. Marchis, D. Rouan, M. Fitzgerald, S. SallumB. Norris, C. Betters, P. Gatkine, J. Lin, Y. J. Kim, C. Pham, C. Cassagnettes, A. Billat, M. Tamura, G. Perrin

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FIRST is a post Extreme Adaptive-Optics (ExAO) spectro-interferometer operating in the Visible (600-800 nm, R∼400). Its exquisite angular resolution (a sensitivity analysis of on-sky data shows that bright companions can be detected down to 0.25λ/D) combined with its sensitivity to pupil phase discontinuities (from a few nm up to dozens of microns) makes FIRST an ideal self-calibrated solution for enabling exoplanet detection and characterization in the future. We present the latest on-sky results along with recent upgrades, including the integration and on-sky test of a new spectrograph (R∼3,600) optimized for the detection of Hα emission from young exoplanets accreting matter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTechniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets XI
EditorsGarreth J. Ruane
ISBN (Electronic)9781510665743
StatePublished - 2023
EventTechniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets XI 2023 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 21 2023Aug 24 2023

Publication series

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


ConferenceTechniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets XI 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


  • Interferometry
  • Pupil remapping
  • Single-mode fibers
  • high angular resolution
  • high contrast imaging
  • island effect
  • photonics
  • wavefront sensing

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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