Speckle control with a remapped-pupil PIAA coronagraph

Frantz Martinache, Olivier Guyon, Christophe Clergeon, Celia Blain

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Phase-induced amplitude apodization (PIAA) is a well-demonstrated high-contrast technique that uses an intermediate remapping of the pupil for high-contrast coronagraphy (apodization), before restoring it to recover classical imaging capabilities. This paper presents the first demonstration of complete speckle control loop with one such PIAA coronagraph. We show the presence of a complete set of remapping optics (the so-called PIAA and matching inverse PIAA) is transparent to the wavefront control algorithm. Simple focal-plane-based wavefront control algorithms can thus be employed, without the need to model remapping effects. Using the Subaru Coronagraphic Extreme AO (SCExAO) instrument built for the Subaru Telescope, we show, using a calibration source, that a complete PIAA coronagraph is compatible with a simple implementation of a speckle nulling technique, and demonstrate the benefit of the PIAA for high-contrast imaging at small angular separation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1288-1294
Number of pages7
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Issue number922
StatePublished - Dec 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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