3 years ago

Comparing Non-Redundant Masking and Filled-Aperture Kernel Phase for Exoplanet Detection and Characterization.

Steph Sallum, Andy Skemer

The limitations of adaptive optics and coronagraph performance make exoplanet detection close to {\lambda}/D extremely difficult with conventional imaging methods. The technique of non-redundant masking (NRM), which turns a filled aperture into an interferometric array, has pushed the planet detection parameter space to within {\lambda}/D. For high Strehl, the related filled-aperture kernel phase technique can achieve resolution comparable to NRM, without the associated dramatic decrease in throughput. We present non-redundant masking and kernel phase contrast curves generated for ground- and space-based instruments. We use both real and simulated observations to assess the performance of each technique, and discuss their capabilities for different exoplanet science goals such as broadband detection and spectral characterization.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1901.01266

DOI: arXiv:1901.01266v2

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