Pioneering high contrast science instruments for planet characterization on giant segmented mirror telescopes

N. Jovanovic, O. Guyon, J. Lozi, M. Tamura, B. Norris, P. Tuthill, E. Huby, G. Perrin, S. Lacour, F. Marchis, G. Duchene, L. Gauchet, M. Ireland, T. Feger, A. Rains, J. Bento, C. Schwab, D. Coutts, N. Cvetojevic, S. GrossA. Arriola, T. Lagadec, S. Goebel, D. Hall, S. Jacobson, B. Mazin, A. Walter, J. Massie, T. Groff, J. Chilcote, J. Kasdin, T. Brandt, C. Loomis, M. Galvin, T. Kotani, H. Kawahara, F. Martinache, P. Pathak, J. Males

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Abstract

A suite of science instruments is critical to any high contrast imaging facility, as it defines the science capabilities and observing modes available. SCExAO uses a modular approach which allows for state-of-the-art visitor modules to be tested within an observatory environment on an 8-m class telescope. This allows for rapid prototyping of new and innovative imaging techniques that otherwise take much longer in traditional instrument design. With the aim of maturing science modules for an advanced high contrast imager on an giant segmented mirror telescopes (GSMTs) that will be capable of imaging terrestrial planets, we offer an overview and status update on the various science modules currently under test within the SCExAO instrument.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2017
Event5th Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes, AO4ELT 2017 - Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Duration: Jun 25 2017Jun 30 2017

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Other5th Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes, AO4ELT 2017
CountrySpain
CityTenerife, Canary Islands
Period6/25/176/30/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Instrumentation
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

Keywords

  • Adaptive optics
  • Coronagraphs
  • Exoplanets
  • Extreme AO
  • Fiber injection
  • High contrast imaging
  • Imager
  • Sparse aperture masking

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