Coronography with a dynamic hologram


Davide Ricci (1), Hervé Le Coroller (2), Pierre Piron (1)


(1) Université de Liège; (2) Observatoire de Haute Provence


An innovative solution to improve the performances of coronagraphs consists in adding, in the optical scheme, a dynamic hologram removing most of the residual speckle starlight.

Our simulations show that the detection limit in the flux ratio between a host star and a very near planet, in the case of wavefront bumpiness imperfections at lambda/20 (resp. lambda/100), improves over a factor 1000 (resp. 10000) when equipped with a hologram, allowing to direct image an exo-Earth at a distance of 11 parsec with a 6.5m space telescope.

Attached documents

Lyot2010proc s8 poster RicciD.pdf
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