1 September 2017 Post-processing of the HST STIS coronagraphic observations
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In the past 20 years, the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) STIS coronagraphic instrument has observed more than 100 stars, obtaining more than 4,000 readouts since its installment on HST in 1997 and the numbers are still increasing. We reduce the whole STIS coronagraphic archive at the most commonly observed positions (Wedge A0.6 and A1.0) with new post-processing methods, and present our results here. We are able to recover all of the 32 previously reported circumstellar disks, and obtain better contrast close to the star. For some of the disks, our results are limited by the over subtraction of the methods, and therefore the major regions of the disks can be recovered except the faintest regions. We also explain our efforts in the calibration of its new BAR5 occulting position, enabling STIS to explore inner regions as close as 0.2 00 .
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Bin Ren, Laurent Pueyo, Marshall D. Perrin, John H. Debes, Élodie Choquet, "Post-processing of the HST STIS coronagraphic observations", Proc. SPIE 10400, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VIII, 1040021 (1 September 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2274163; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2274163
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