Phase-induced amplitude apodization of telescope pupils for extrasolar terrestrial planet imaging
Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, 650 North A'ohoku Place, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
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Accepted: 20 March 2003
In this paper, an alternative to classical pupil apodization techniques (use of an amplitude pupil mask) is proposed. It is shown that an achromatic apodized pupil suitable for imaging of extrasolar planets can be obtained by reflection of an unapodized flat wavefront on two mirrors. By carefully choosing the shape of these two mirrors, it is possible to obtain a contrast better than 109 at a distance smaller than from the optical axis. Because this technique preserves both the angular resolution and light gathering capabilities of the unapodized pupil, it allows efficient detection of terrestrial extrasolar planets with a 1.5 m telescope in the visible.
Key words: techniques: high angular resolution / stars: planetary systems / telescopes
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