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21 July 2010 Developing achromatic coronagraphic optics for LMIRCam and the LBT
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The Apodizing Phase Plate (APP) is a simple optic that provides coronagraphic suppression of diffraction without the need for any focal plane occulters. We present the design of a broadband APP (the BAPP) for LMIRCam that is optimised for the direct imaging of cool extrasolar giant planets around nearby stars at thermal infrared wavelengths. These optics have a high throughput and require no precision alignment. We cover earlier results using a chromatic APP, the basic principle and manufacture of the optic.
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Matthew A. Kenworthy, Philip M. Hinz, Johanan L. Codona, John C. Wilson, Michael F. Skrutskie, and Elliott Solheid "Developing achromatic coronagraphic optics for LMIRCam and the LBT", Proc. SPIE 7734, Optical and Infrared Interferometry II, 77342P (21 July 2010); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.856819
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