24 December 2015 Extremely unbalanced interferometer for precise wavefront control in stellar coronagraphy
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Abstract
We propose to use an extremely unbalanced interferometer (EUI) as a wavefront correcting input to a stellar coronagraph for direct exoplanet observation. Since wavefront error causes incomplete suppression of stellar light, an EUI aims to precisely correct the wavefront incident on the coronagraph to a level better than λ/5000 in the visible wavelength range. Compared to the previous unbalanced interferometer, which incorporated a nulling function, the proposed EUI does not introduce the nulling function. EUI does not use a precise deformable mirror. It increases the accuracy of a wavefront control effectively because of the coherent summation with an amplitude imbalance. It enables obtaining the desirable 10−9 coronagraphic contrast for Earth-like exoplanet imaging.
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Inna Shashkova, Inna Shashkova, Boris Shkursky, Boris Shkursky, Pavel Frolov, Pavel Frolov, Yulia Bezymyannikova, Yulia Bezymyannikova, Alexander Kiselev, Alexander Kiselev, Jun Nishikawa, Jun Nishikawa, Alexander Tavrov, Alexander Tavrov, } "Extremely unbalanced interferometer for precise wavefront control in stellar coronagraphy," Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems 2(1), 011011 (24 December 2015). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JATIS.2.1.011011 . Submission:
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