High contrast imaging in the visible: First experimental results at the large binocular telescope

F. Pedichini, M. Stangalini, F. Ambrosino, A. Puglisi, E. Pinna, V. Bailey, L. Carbonaro, M. Centrone, J. Christou, S. Esposito, J. Farinato, F. Fiore, E. Giallongo, J. M. Hill, P. M. Hinz, And L. Sabatini

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In 2014 February, the System for High contrast And coronography from R to K at VISual bands (SHARK-VIS) Forerunner, a high contrast experimental imager operating at visible wavelengths, was installed at the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT). Here we report on the first results obtained by recent on-sky tests. These results show the extremely good performance of the LBT Extreme Adaptive Optics (ExAO) system at visible wavelengths, both in terms of spatial resolution and contrast achieved. Similarly to what was done by Amara & Quanz (2012), we used the SHARK-VIS Forerunner data to quantitatively assess the contrast enhancement. This is done by injecting several different synthetic faint objects in the acquired data and applying the angular differential imaging (ADI) technique. A contrast of the order of 510-5 is obtained at 630 nm for angular separations from the star larger than 100 mas. These results are discussed in light of the future development of SHARK-VIS and compared to those obtained by other high contrast imagers operating at similar wavelengths.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number74
JournalAstronomical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2017


  • adaptive optics instrumentation
  • detection techniques
  • high angular resolution planets and satellites
  • image processing
  • instrumentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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