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End-to-end simulation of AO-assisted coronagraphic differential imaging: estimation of performance for SPHERE

[+] Author Affiliations
Anthony Boccaletti

LESIA, Observatoire de Paris (France)

Marcel Carbillet

FIZEAU, Univ. de Nice Sophia Antipolis (France)

Thierry Fusco

ONERA-DOTA (France)

David Mouillet

Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)

Maud Langlois, Claire Moutou, Kjetil Dohlen

LAM, Observatoire de Marseille-Provence (France)

Proc. SPIE 7015, Adaptive Optics Systems, 70156E (July 15, 2008); doi:10.1117/12.789349
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  • Adaptive Optics Systems
  • Norbert Hubin; Claire E. Max; Peter L. Wizinowich
  • Marseille, France | June 23, 2008

abstract

SPHERE (Spectro Polarimetric High contrast Exoplanet REsearch), the planet finder instrument for the VLT is designed to study relatively bright extrasolar giant planets around young or nearby stars. SPHERE is a set of three instruments fed by the same AO-system, two of them share the same coronagraph. This complex system has been modeled with Fourier Optics to investigate the performance of the whole instrument. In turns, this end-to-end model was useful to analyze the sensitivity to various parameters (WFE, alignment of the coronagraph, differential aberrations) and to put some specifications on the sub-systems. This paper presents some example of sensitivity analysis and some contrast performance of the instruments as a function of the flux for the main observing mode of SPHERE: the Dual Band Imaging (DBI), equivalent to the Spectral Differential Imaging technique.

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Anthony Boccaletti ; Marcel Carbillet ; Thierry Fusco ; David Mouillet ; Maud Langlois, et al.
"End-to-end simulation of AO-assisted coronagraphic differential imaging: estimation of performance for SPHERE", Proc. SPIE 7015, Adaptive Optics Systems, 70156E (July 15, 2008); doi:10.1117/12.789349; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.789349


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