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

Status Report From: e-Print archive
Posted: Tuesday, December 26, 2017

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. Gross, A. 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
(Submitted on 22 Dec 2017)

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.

Comments:    11 pages, 3 figures, AO4ELTs4 conference
Subjects:    Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)
Cite as:    arXiv:1712.08584 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:1712.08584v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)
Submission history
From: Nemanja Jovanovic
[v1] Fri, 22 Dec 2017 17:32:23 GMT (3532kb,D)

// end //

More status reports and news releases or top stories.

Please follow SpaceRef on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.

SpaceRef Newsletter