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Image formation in high-contrast optical systems: the role of polarization

Breckinridge, James B. (2004) Image formation in high-contrast optical systems: the role of polarization. In: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes. Proceedings of SPIE. No.5487. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, pp. 1337-1345. ISBN 9780819454195.

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To find evidence of life in the Universe outside our solar system is one of the most compelling and visionary adventures of the 21st century. The technologies to create the telescopes and instruments that will enable this discovery are now within the grasp of mankind. Direct imaging of a very faint planet around a neighboring bright star requires high contrast or a hypercontrast optical imaging system capable of controlling unwanted radiation within the system to one part in ten to the 11th. This paper identifies several physical phenomena that affect image quality in high contrast imaging systems. Polarization induced at curved metallic surfaces and by anisotropy in the deposition process (Smith-Purcell effect) along with beam shifts introduced by the Goos-Hachen effect are discussed. A typical configuration is analyzed, and technical risk mitigation concepts are discussed.

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Additional Information:© 2004 Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). The author acknowledges helpful discussion with Ben Oppenheimer of the American Museum of Natural History, and Stuart Shaklan of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This research was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Official Citation:James B. Breckinridge, "Image formation in high-contrast optical systems: the role of polarization," Proc. SPIE 5487, Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes, (12 October 2004)
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