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  • Vol. 48, Iss. 26 — Sep. 10, 2009
  • pp: 4963–4977

Monolithic achromatic nulling interference coronagraph: design and performance

Brian Hicks, Timothy Cook, Benjamin Lane, and Supriya Chakrabarti  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 26, pp. 4963-4977 (2009)

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We present the design of the monolithic achromatic nulling interference coronagraph (MANIC), a nulling interferometer consisting of optically contacted prisms and a symmetric beam splitter. The optic is designed to enable the direct detection of nearby Jupiter-like exoplanets, and may be extended to enable Earth-like system detection. The monolithic nature of the optic improves on the current state-of-the-art in nulling interferometers by providing built-in alignment and stability, as well as a reduction in size and mass. These qualities make the MANIC extremely robust and simple to integrate, and an excellent candidate for space-based applications.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference
(080.2208) Geometric optics : Fabrication, tolerancing
(120.6085) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Space instrumentation

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: March 27, 2009
Revised Manuscript: June 16, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 4, 2009
Published: September 2, 2009

Brian Hicks, Timothy Cook, Benjamin Lane, and Supriya Chakrabarti, "Monolithic achromatic nulling interference coronagraph: design and performance," Appl. Opt. 48, 4963-4977 (2009)

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