21 September 2012 Electric field reconstruction in the image plane of a high-contrast coronagraph using a set of pinholes around the Lyot plane
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In a setup similar to the self coherent camera, we have added a set of pinholes in the diffraction ring of the Lyot plane in a high-contrast stellar Lyot coronagraph. We describe a novel complex electric field reconstruction from image plane intensity measurements consisting of light in the coronagraph's dark hole interfering with light from the pinholes. The image plane field is modified by letting light through one pinhole at a time. In addition to estimation of the field at the science camera, this method allows for self-calibration of the probes by letting light through the pinholes in various permutations while blocking the main Lyot opening. We present results of estimation and calibration from the High Contrast Imaging Testbed along with a comparison to the pair-wise deformable mirror diversity based estimation technique. Tests are carried out in narrow-band light and over a composite 10% bandpass.
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Amir Give'on, Stuart Shaklan, Brian Kern, Charley Noecker, Steve Kendrick, Kent Wallace, "Electric field reconstruction in the image plane of a high-contrast coronagraph using a set of pinholes around the Lyot plane", Proc. SPIE 8442, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 84420B (21 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.927120; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.927120
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