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24 September 2012 Laboratory demonstration and characterization of phase-sorting interferometry
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Non-common path (NCP) errors that lie downstream from the wavefront sensor (WFS) in an AO setup can’t be directly corrected by the WFS and end up altering the science images by introducing quasi-static speckles. These speckles impose limits to the direct imaging of exoplanets, debris disks and other objects for which we require high contrast. Phase-sorting interferometry (PSI) uses WFS residuals as interferometric probes to the speckles. With the retrieved amplitude and phase the deformable mirror can be adjusted to remove the speckles. Previously PSI has been demonstrated to correct -to first order- the non-common path error on-sky at the MMTO in Arizona. We present an AO laboratory testbed and the techniques used to determine the properties of PSI; the influence of the time synchronisation between WFS and science camera, the achromacity of the atmosphere and other limiting factors. Furthermore we test the performance of the PSI method when coronagraphs such as apodizing phase plates, Lyot masks and 4QPMs are introduced to the setup. Lastly this setup enables us to rapidly prototype high-contrast imaging techniques.
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Gilles P.P.L. Otten, Matthew A. Kenworthy, and Johanan L. Codona "Laboratory demonstration and characterization of phase-sorting interferometry", Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 84469F (24 September 2012);

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