A significantly large and exceptionally dark "blind spot" is required to directly detect planets around distant stars without the blinding glare of the parent star. Experimental results are reported for an optical vortex coronagraph.
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(070.0070) Fourier optics and signal processing : Fourier optics and signal processing
(070.6110) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spatial filtering
(350.0350) Other areas of optics : Other areas of optics
(350.1260) Other areas of optics : Astronomical optics
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