Simulation of realistic images for Starshade missions

Mengya Hu, Anthony D. Harness, Yunjong Kim, N. Jeremy Kasdin, Robert Vanderbei, Maxime Jean Rizzo, Aki Roberge

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Direct imaging using a starshade is a powerful technique for exoplanet detection and characterization. No current post-processing methods are specialized for starshade images and the ones for coronagraph images have not been applied to images produced by a starshade system (starshade system means the light sources, starshade and telescope). Here, we report on the first step towards adapting these methods for starshade systems. We have built a starshade imaging model. We generate the image based on a simulation of the real astronomical scene and consider the effects of various starshade defects, misalignment, wavefront error, and detector noise. Future work will add the system dynamics of formation flying between the starshade and the telescope. The ultimate goal is to adapt coronagraphic image processing methods for starshade imaging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTechniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VIII
EditorsStuart Shaklan
ISBN (Electronic)9781510612570
StatePublished - 2017
EventTechniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VIII 2017 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 8 2017Aug 10 2017

Publication series

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


OtherTechniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VIII 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Starshade
  • detection
  • exoplanets
  • image generation
  • image processing


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