High-Contrast imaging and wavefront control with a PIAA coronagraph: Laboratory system validation

Olivier Guyon, Eugene Pluzhnik, Frantz Martinache, Julien Totems, Shinichiro Tanaka, Taro Matsuo, Celia Blain, Ruslan Belikov

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Abstract

The Phase-Induced Amplitude Apodization (PIAA) coronagraph is a high-performance corona-graph concept able to work at small angular separation with little loss in throughput. We present results obtained with a laboratory PIAA system including active wavefront control. The system has a 94.3% throughput (excluding coating losses) and operates in air with monochromatic light. Our testbed achieved a 2.27×10-7 raw contrast between 1.65λ/D (inner working angle of the coronagraph configuration tested) and 4.4λ/.D (outer working angle). Through careful calibration, we were able to separate this residual light into a dynamic coherent component (turbulence, vibrations) at 4.5 × 10-8 contrast and a static incoherent component (ghosts and/or polarization mismatch) at 1.6 × 10-7 contrast. Pointing errors are controlled at the 10-3 λ/D level using a dedicated low-order wavefront sensor. While not sufficient for direct imaging of Earthlike planets from space, the 2.27 × 10-7 raw contrast achieved already exceeds requirements for a ground-based extreme adaptive optics system aimed at direct detection of more massive exoplanets. We show that over a 4 hr period, averaged wavefront errors have been controlled to the 3.5 × 10-9 contrast level. This result is particularly encouraging for ground-based extreme-AO systems relying on long-term stability and absence of static wavefront errors to recover planets much fainter than the fast boiling speckle halo.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-84
Number of pages14
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Volume122
Issue number887
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2010

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High-Contrast imaging and wavefront control with a PIAA coronagraph : Laboratory system validation. / Guyon, Olivier; Pluzhnik, Eugene; Martinache, Frantz; Totems, Julien; Tanaka, Shinichiro; Matsuo, Taro; Blain, Celia; Belikov, Ruslan.

In: Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Vol. 122, No. 887, 01.2010, p. 71-84.

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Guyon, O, Pluzhnik, E, Martinache, F, Totems, J, Tanaka, S, Matsuo, T, Blain, C & Belikov, R 2010, 'High-Contrast imaging and wavefront control with a PIAA coronagraph: Laboratory system validation', Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, vol. 122, no. 887, pp. 71-84. https://doi.org/10.1086/649802
Guyon, Olivier ; Pluzhnik, Eugene ; Martinache, Frantz ; Totems, Julien ; Tanaka, Shinichiro ; Matsuo, Taro ; Blain, Celia ; Belikov, Ruslan. / High-Contrast imaging and wavefront control with a PIAA coronagraph : Laboratory system validation. In: Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. 2010 ; Vol. 122, No. 887. pp. 71-84.
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