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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 7 — Apr. 3, 2006
  • pp: 2657–2670

Polarization nulling interferometry for exoplanet detection

Julien Spronck, Silvania F. Pereira, and Joseph J.M. Braat  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 7, pp. 2657-2670 (2006)

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We introduce a new concept of nulling interferometer without any achromatic device, using polarization properties of light. This type of interferometer should enable a high rejection ratio in a theoretically unlimited spectral band. We analyze several consequences of the proposed design, notably, the possibility of fast internal modulation.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(350.1260) Other areas of optics : Astronomical optics

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: November 22, 2005
Revised Manuscript: March 20, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: March 20, 2006
Published: April 3, 2006

Julien Spronck, Silvania F. Pereira, and Joseph J. M. Braat, "Polarization nulling interferometry for exoplanet detection," Opt. Express 14, 2657-2670 (2006)

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