9 July 2008 The FIRST project: a single-mode fiber-based very high-dynamic range diffraction-limited imaging instrument at visible to near-infrared wavelengths
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We describe the present status of the development of a very high-dynamic range, diffraction limited imaging instrument FIRST (Fibered Imager foR Single Telescope), among which goals is the detection of nearby extra-solar planets at visible to near-infrared wavelengths from the ground. We have started to develop a prototype system which consists of a number of novel designs such as a segmented micro mirror array and silicon micro machined single-mode fiber arrays. Furthermore, we have proposed to build a FIRST instrument for the CFHT, which will be complementary to high-dynamic range instruments developed for 8m class telescopes at near-infrared wavelengths.
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Takayuki Kotani, Guy Perrin, Sylvestre Lacour, Eric Thiébaut, Julien Woillez, Pierre Fedou, Jean-Philippe Berger, Pascal Bordé, Olivier Chesneau, Pierre Kervella, Olivier Lai, Alain Lecavelier, Stephen T. Ridgway, Daniel Rouan, Alfred Vidal-Madjar, "The FIRST project: a single-mode fiber-based very high-dynamic range diffraction-limited imaging instrument at visible to near-infrared wavelengths", Proc. SPIE 7014, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II, 70141P (9 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789008; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.789008
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