26 July 2016 The SCExAO high contrast imager: transitioning from commissioning to science
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SCExAO is the premier high-contrast imaging platform for the Subaru Telescope. It offers high Strehl ratios at near-IR wavelengths (y-K band) with stable pointing and coronagraphs with extremely small inner working angles, optimized for imaging faint companions very close to the host. In the visible, it has several interferometric imagers which offer polarimetric and spectroscopic capabilities. A recent addition is the RHEA spectrograph enabling spatially resolved high resolution spectroscopy of the surfaces of giant stars, for example. New capabilities on the horizon include post-coronagraphic spectroscopy, spectral differential imaging, nulling interferometry as well as an integral field spectrograph and an MKID array. Here we present the new modules of SCExAO, give an overview of the current commissioning status of each of the modules and present preliminary results.
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N. Jovanovic, O. Guyon, J. Lozi, T. Currie, J. Hagelberg, B. Norris, G. Singh, P. Pathak, D. Doughty, S. Goebel, J. Males, J. Kuhn, E. Serabyn, P. Tuthill, G. Schworer, F. Martinache, T. Kudo, H. Kawahara, T. Kotani, M. Ireland, T. Feger, A. Rains, J. Bento, C. Schwab, D. Coutts, N. Cvetojevic, S. Gross, A. Arriola, T. Lagadec, J. Kasdin, T. Groff, B. Mazin, Y. Minowa, N. Takato, M. Tamura, H. Takami, M. Hayashi, "The SCExAO high contrast imager: transitioning from commissioning to science", Proc. SPIE 9909, Adaptive Optics Systems V, 99090W (26 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2234294; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2234294
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