Pioneering high contrast science instruments for planet characterization on giant segmented mirror telescopes

N. Jovanovic*, O. Guyon, J. Lozi, M. Tamura, B. Norris, P. Tuthill, E. Huby, G. Perrin, S. Lacour, F. Marchis, G. Duchene, L. Gauchet, M. Ireland, T. Feger, A. Rains, J. Bento, C. Schwab, D. Coutts, N. Cvetojevic, S. GrossA. Arriola, T. Lagadec, S. Goebel, D. Hall, S. Jacobson, B. Mazin, A. Walter, J. Massie, T. Groff, J. Chilcote, J. Kasdin, T. Brandt, C. Loomis, M. Galvin, T. Kotani, H. Kawahara, F. Martinache, P. Pathak, J. Males

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Abstract

    A suite of science instruments is critical to any high contrast imaging facility, as it defines the science capabilities and observing modes available. SCExAO uses a modular approach which allows for state-of-the-art visitor modules to be tested within an observatory environment on an 8-m class telescope. This allows for rapid prototyping of new and innovative imaging techniques that otherwise take much longer in traditional instrument design. With the aim of maturing science modules for an advanced high contrast imager on an giant segmented mirror telescopes (GSMTs) that will be capable of imaging terrestrial planets, we offer an overview and status update on the various science modules currently under test within the SCExAO instrument.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAO4ELT5
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the fifth Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes
    Place of PublicationTenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
    PublisherInstituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
    Number of pages11
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    Event5th Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes, AO4ELT 2017 - Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
    Duration: 25 Jun 201730 Jun 2017

    Conference

    Conference5th Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes, AO4ELT 2017
    Country/TerritorySpain
    CityTenerife, Canary Islands
    Period25/06/1730/06/17

    Keywords

    • Adaptive optics
    • Coronagraphs
    • Exoplanets
    • Extreme AO
    • Fiber injection
    • High contrast imaging
    • Imager
    • Sparse aperture masking

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