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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2006
  • pp: 2981–2983

Low-order aberration sensitivity of an optical vortex coronagraph

David M. Palacios and Sarah L. Hunyadi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 20, pp. 2981-2983 (2006)

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We describe a high-contrast imaging technique capable of directly measuring light from a terrestrial planet by using a vortex mask of topological charge m = 5 . We demonstrate that this technique is relatively insensitive to low-order aberrations and compare its performance to that of a band-limited Lyot coronagraph.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(070.6110) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spatial filtering
(110.6770) Imaging systems : Telescopes
(350.1260) Other areas of optics : Astronomical optics
(350.6090) Other areas of optics : Space optics

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: June 2, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: June 5, 2006
Published: September 25, 2006

David M. Palacios and Sarah L. Hunyadi, "Low-order aberration sensitivity of an optical vortex coronagraph," Opt. Lett. 31, 2981-2983 (2006)

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