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Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser.
Volume 141, Number 1, January I 2000
 
Page(s) 157 - 164
DOI https://doi.org/10.1051/aas:2000114
Published online 15 January 2000
DOI: 10.1051/aas:2000114

Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 141, 157-164

Refined laboratory simulations of dark-speckle coronagraphy

A. Boccaletti1 - C. Moutou2 - L. Abe3

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1 - DESPA, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, 5 Pl. J. Janssen, F-92195 Meudon, France
e-mail: boccalet@despa.obspm.fr
2 - ESO Santiago, Chile
e-mail: cmoutou@eso.org
3 - Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Département Fresnel, ISA-GI2T, F-06460 Saint Vallier de Thiey, France
e-mail: lyuabe@obs-azur.fr

Received June 2; accepted September 29, 1999

Abstract:

Dark-speckle coronagraphy with large telescopes is expected to image extrasolar planets. We present new results about the dark-speckle coronagraphic camera, obtained in the laboratory with a simulated atmosphere and an adaptive optics bench. In good seeing conditions, and with an accurate subtraction of a reference frame, we show that our instrument allows high-resolution, high-contrast imaging, more effectively than classical long exposure, for magnitude differences larger than 5 at visible wavelength. With the present capability of the adaptive optics system used, on a 1.5 m telescope pupil, we should expect to detect stellar companions 104 fainter than the primary star. Instrument concepts and processing techniques are discussed.

Key words: methods: data analysis -- methods: laboratory -- techniques: interferometric -- binaries: close -- planetary systems -- brown dwarfs

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