29 July 2016 Sparse aperture mask wavefront sensor testbed results
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Coronagraphic exoplanet detection at very high contrast requires the estimation and control of low-order wave- front aberrations. At Princeton High Contrast Imaging Lab (PHCIL), we are working on a new technique that integrates a sparse-aperture mask (SAM) with a shaped pupil coronagraph (SPC) to make precise estimates of these low-order aberrations. We collect the starlight rejected from the coronagraphic image plane and interfere it using a sparse aperture mask (SAM) at the relay pupil to estimate the low-order aberrations. In our previous work we numerically demonstrated the efficacy of the technique, and proposed a method to sense and control these differential aberrations in broadband light. We also presented early testbed results in which the SAM was used to sense pointing errors. In this paper, we will briefly overview the SAM wavefront sensor technique, explain the design of the completed testbed, and report the experimental estimation results of the dominant low-order aberrations such as tip/tit, astigmatism and focus.
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Hari Subedi, Hari Subedi, Neil T. Zimmerman, Neil T. Zimmerman, N. Jeremy Kasdin, N. Jeremy Kasdin, A. J. Eldorado Riggs, A. J. Eldorado Riggs, } "Sparse aperture mask wavefront sensor testbed results", Proc. SPIE 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 990464 (29 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232015; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2232015
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