The SCExAO high contrast imager: Transitioning from commissioning to science

N. Jovanovic, O. Guyon, J. Lozi, T. Currie, J. Hagelberg, B. Norris, G. Singh, P. Pathak, D. Doughty, S. Goebel, J. Males, J. Kuhn, E. Serabyn, P. Tuthill, G. Schworer, F. Martinache, T. Kudo, H. Kawahara, T. Kotani, M. IrelandT. Feger, A. Rains, J. Bento, C. Schwab, D. Coutts, N. Cvetojevic, S. Gross, A. Arriola, T. Lagadec, J. Kasdin, T. Groff, B. Mazin, Y. Minowa, N. Takato, M. Tamura, H. Takami, M. Hayashi

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SCExAO is the premier high-contrast imaging platform for the Subaru Telescope. It offers high Strehl ratios at near-IR wavelengths (y-K band) with stable pointing and coronagraphs with extremely small inner working angles, optimized for imaging faint companions very close to the host. In the visible, it has several interferometric imagers which offer polarimetric and spectroscopic capabilities. A recent addition is the RHEA spectrograph enabling spatially resolved high resolution spectroscopy of the surfaces of giant stars, for example. New capabilities on the horizon include post-coronagraphic spectroscopy, spectral differential imaging, nulling interferometry as well as an integral field spectrograph and an MKID array. Here we present the new modules of SCExAO, give an overview of the current commissioning status of each of the modules and present preliminary results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdaptive Optics Systems V
EditorsEnrico Marchetti, Jean-Pierre Veran, Laird M. Close
ISBN (Electronic)9781510601970
StatePublished - 2016
EventAdaptive Optics Systems V - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 26 2016Jul 1 2016

Publication series

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


OtherAdaptive Optics Systems V
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Adaptive optics
  • Coro-nagraphs
  • Exoplanets
  • Extreme AO
  • Fiber injection
  • High contrast imaging
  • Imager
  • Sparse aperture masking

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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