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15 July 2010 Halftoning for high-contrast imaging: design, analysis, and testing of microdot coronagraphs for the SPHERE and EPICS instruments
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Controlling the amplitude of light is crucial for many scientific applications, such as imaging systems, astronomical instruments, optical testing, or laser physics. We provide an overview of the halftoning technique - the process of displaying a continuous image with binary dots - for application to coronagraphy. Customized filters with spatially varying transmission are produced using a binary array of metal pixels (namely microdot masks) that offers excellent control of the local transmission, with intrinsic achromaticity. Applications, design guidelines, and tests of near-IR prototypes for both pupil and focal plane coronagraphic devices are presented in the context of the VLT-SPHERE and EELT EPICS instruments.
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Patrice Martinez, Christophe Dorrer, Markus Kasper, Anthony Boccaletti, and Kjetil Dohlen "Halftoning for high-contrast imaging: design, analysis, and testing of microdot coronagraphs for the SPHERE and EPICS instruments", Proc. SPIE 7735, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 77352Y (15 July 2010); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.857172
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