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GPI observational calibrations XIV: polarimetric contrasts and new data reduction techniques

[+] Author Affiliations
Maxwell A. Millar-Blanchaer

Univ. of Toronto (Canada)

Marshall D. Perrin

Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)

Li-Wei Hung, Michael P. Fitzgerald

Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)

Jason J. Wang, James R. Graham, Paul G. Kalas

Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)

Jeffrey Chilcote

Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)

Sebastian Bruzzone

Western Univ. (Canada)

Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 990836 (August 9, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2233071
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  • Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
  • Christopher J. Evans; Luc Simard; Hideki Takami
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom | June 26, 2016

abstract

The Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) has been designed for the direct detection and characterization of exoplanets and circumstellar disks. GPI is equipped with a dual channel polarimetry mode designed to take advantage of the inherently polarized light scattered off circumstellar material to further suppress the residual seeing haloleft uncorrected by the adaptive optics. We explore how recent advances in data reduction techniques reduce systematics and improve the achievable contrast in polarimetry mode. In particular, we consider different flux extraction techniques when constructing datacubes from raw data, division by a polarized at-field and a method for subtracting instrumental polarization. Using observations of unpolarized standard stars we find that GPI's instrumental polarization is consistent with being wavelength independent within our errors. In addition, we provide polarimetry contrast curves that demonstrate typical performance throughout the GPIES campaign. © (2016) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
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Maxwell A. Millar-Blanchaer ; Marshall D. Perrin ; Li-Wei Hung ; Michael P. Fitzgerald ; Jason J. Wang, et al.
" GPI observational calibrations XIV: polarimetric contrasts and new data reduction techniques ", Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 990836 (August 9, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2233071; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2233071


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