Experimental validation of Lyot stop apodization in ground-based coronagraphy

  • Miguel A. Cagigas /
  • Pedro J. Valle /
  • Manuel P. Cagigal /
  • Xesús Prieto-Blanco /
  • Antonio Pérez-Garrido /
  • Isidro Villo-Pérez /
  • B. Femenía /
  • J. A. Pérez-Prieto /
  • L. F. Rodríguez /
  • R. López /
  • A. Oscoz /
  • R. Rebolo
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Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • Volumen: 446
  • Número: 1
  • Fecha: 01 January 2015
  • Páginas: 627-632
  • ISSN: 13652966 00358711
  • Source Type: Journal
  • DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stu2071
  • Document Type: Article
  • Publisher: Oxford University
© 2014 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society.We show that the use of apodizing functions at the coronagraph Lyot plane may be useful for improving the image contrast of ground-based coronagraphs. An experimental set-up consisting of a tip-tilt mirror, a coronagraph and a low-noise EMCCD camera was implemented at the William Herschel Telescope. Images were taken in the I band, which meant that the D/r0 value was around 10. Experimental results confirm that, for moderately aberrated wavefronts, our instrument works as theoretically expected, and that the contrast value attained is high enough to provide direct detection of faint companions.

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