Optimal one-dimensional apodizations and shaped pupils for planet finding coronagraphy

N. Jeremy Kasdin, Robert Joseph Vanderbei, Michael G. Littman, David N. Spergel

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Abstract

The realization that direct imaging of extrasolar planets could be technologically feasible within the next decade or so has inspired a great deal of recent research into high-contrast imaging. We have contributed several design ideas, all of which can be described as shaped pupil coronagraphs. We offer a complete and unified survey of one-dimensional shaped pupil designs, some of which have been published in our previous papers. We also introduce a promising new design, which we call bar-code masks. With these masks we can achieve the required contrast with a fairly large discovery zone and throughput, but most importantly they are perhaps the easiest to manufacture and might therefore stand up best to refined analyses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1117-1128
Number of pages12
JournalApplied Optics
Volume44
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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