26 September 2013 Small-angle, high-contrast exoplanet imaging with the L-band AGPM vector vortex coronagraph now offered at the VLT
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In November 2012, we installed an L-band annular groove phase mask (AGPM) vector vortex coronagraph (VVC) inside NACO, the adaptive optics camera of ESO’s Very Large Telescope. The mask, made out of diamond subwavelength gratings has been commissioned, science qualified, and is now offered to the community. Here we report ground-breaking on-sky performance levels in terms of contrast, inner working angle, and discovery space. This new practical demonstration of the VVC, coming a few years after Palomar’s and recent record-breaking lab experiments in the visible (E. Serabyn et al. 2013, these proceedings), shows once again that this new-generation coronagraph has reached a high level of maturity.
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Dimitri Mawet, Dimitri Mawet, Olivier Absil, Olivier Absil, Julien Milli, Julien Milli, Christian Delacroix, Christian Delacroix, Julien H. Girard, Julien H. Girard, Jared O'Neal, Jared O'Neal, Pierre Baudoz, Pierre Baudoz, Anthony Boccaletti, Anthony Boccaletti, Pierre Bourget, Pierre Bourget, Pontus Forsberg, Pontus Forsberg, Frederic Gonté, Frederic Gonté, Serge Habraken, Serge Habraken, Mikael Karlsson, Mikael Karlsson, Markus Kasper, Markus Kasper, Anne-Marie Lagrange, Anne-Marie Lagrange, Jean-Louis Lizon, Jean-Louis Lizon, Koraljka Muzic, Koraljka Muzic, Eduardo Peña, Eduardo Peña, Richard Olivier, Richard Olivier, Nicolas Slusarenko, Nicolas Slusarenko, Lowell E. Tacconi-Garman, Lowell E. Tacconi-Garman, Jean Surdej, Jean Surdej, } "Small-angle, high-contrast exoplanet imaging with the L-band AGPM vector vortex coronagraph now offered at the VLT", Proc. SPIE 8864, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VI, 88640I (26 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2025501; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2025501
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