Status Report

Speckle correction in polychromatic light with the self-coherent camera for the direct detection of exoplanets

By SpaceRef Editor
October 11, 2017
Filed under , , ,

Johan Mazoyer, Raphaël Galicher, Pierre Baudoz, Gérard Rousset
(Submitted on 10 Oct 2017)

Direct detection is a very promising field in exoplanet science. It allows the detection of companions with large separation and allows their spectral analysis. A few planets have already been detected and are under spectral analysis. But the full spectral characterization of smaller and colder planets requires higher contrast levels over large spectral bandwidths. Coronagraphs can be used to reach these contrasts, but their efficiency is limited by wavefront aberrations. These deformations induce speckles, star lights leaks, in the focal plane after the coronagraph. The wavefront aberrations should be estimated directly in the science image to avoid usual limitations by differential aberrations in classical adaptive optics. In this context, we introduce the Self- Coherent Camera (SCC). The SCC uses the coherence of the star light to produce a spatial modulation of the speckles in the focal plane and estimate the associated electric complex field. Controlling the wavefront with a deformable mirror, high contrasts have already been reached in monochromatic light with this technique. The performance of the current version of the SCC is limited when widening the spectral bandwidth. We will present a theoretical analysis of these issues and their possible solution. Finally, we will present test bench performance in polychromatic light.

Comments:    Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 8864, id. 88640N 9 pp. (2013)
Subjects:    Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)
DOI:    10.1117/12.2023508
Cite as:    arXiv:1710.03516 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:1710.03516v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)
Submission history
From: Johan Mazoyer 
[v1] Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:23:01 GMT (2933kb,D)

SpaceRef staff editor.