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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 14 — Jul. 7, 2008
  • pp: 10200–10207

Astronomical demonstration of an optical vortex coronagraph

Grover A. Swartzlander, Jr., Erin L. Ford, Rukiah S. Abdul-Malik, Laird M. Close, Mary Anne Peters, David M. Palacios, and Daniel W. Wilson  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 14, pp. 10200-10207 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.010200


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Abstract

Using an optical vortex coronagraph and simple adaptive optics techniques, we have made the first convincing demonstration of an optical vortex coronagraph that is coupled to a star gazing telescope. We suppressed by 97% the primary star of a resolvable binary system, Cor Caroli. The stars had an angular separation of 1.9λ/D at our imaging camera. The secondary star suffered no suppression from the vortex lens.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(070.6110) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spatial filtering
(110.6770) Imaging systems : Telescopes
(120.1880) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Detection
(350.1260) Other areas of optics : Astronomical optics
(080.4865) Geometric optics : Optical vortices
(110.1080) Imaging systems : Active or adaptive optics

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

History
Original Manuscript: May 14, 2008
Revised Manuscript: June 10, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: June 16, 2008
Published: June 24, 2008

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Grover A. Swartzlander, Erin L. Ford, Rukiah S. Abdul-Malik, Laird M. Close, Mary Anne Peters, David M. Palacios, and Daniel W. Wilson, "Astronomical demonstration of an optical vortex coronagraph," Opt. Express 16, 10200-10207 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-14-10200


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