Ultrahigh contrast imaging with giant segmented-mirror telescopes will involve light levels of order 10<sup>−6</sup> times that of the central diffraction spike or less. At these levels it is important to quantify accurately various diffraction effects, including segmentation geometry, intersegment gaps, obscuration by the secondary mirror and its supports, and segment alignment and figure errors. We describe an accurate method for performing such calculations and present preliminary results in the context of the California Extremely Large Telescope.
© 2003 Optical Society of America
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(110.6770) Imaging systems : Telescopes
(350.5030) Other areas of optics : Phase
Mitchell Troy and Gary Chanan, "Diffraction Effects from Giant Segmented-Mirror Telescopes," Appl. Opt. 42, 3745-3753 (2003)