Abstract

A nulling stellar coronagraph based on polarization interferometry is proposed that has achromatic characteristics. The principle and the optical setup of the nulling stellar coronagraph are described. Experimental results with monochromatic and white light show the usefulness of the proposed method. A liquid-crystal device is used as a four-quadrant polarization mask, which is the key element of a polarization interferometric stellar coronagraph.

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P. Riaud, A. Boccaletti, D. Rouan, F. Lemarquis, and A. Labeyrie, Publ. Astron. Soc. Pac. 113, 1145 (2001).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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O. Guyon, C. Roddier, J. E. Graves, F. Roddier, S. Cuevas, C. Espejo, S. Gonzalez, A. Martinez, G. Bisiacchi, and V. Vumesmeri, Publ. Astron. Soc. Pac. 111, 1321 (1999).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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O. Guyon, C. Roddier, J. E. Graves, F. Roddier, S. Cuevas, C. Espejo, S. Gonzalez, A. Martinez, G. Bisiacchi, and V. Vumesmeri, Publ. Astron. Soc. Pac. 111, 1321 (1999).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

Rouan, D.

P. Riaud, A. Boccaletti, D. Rouan, F. Lemarquis, and A. Labeyrie, Publ. Astron. Soc. Pac. 113, 1145 (2001).
[CrossRef]

D. Rouan, P. Riaud, A. Boccaletti, Y. Clenet, and A. Labeyrie, Publ. Astron. Soc. Pac. 112, 1479 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Smith, B. A.

Vakili, F.

L. Abe, F. Vakili, and A. Boccaletti, Astron. Astrophys. 374, 1161 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Vilas, F.

Vumesmeri, V.

O. Guyon, C. Roddier, J. E. Graves, F. Roddier, S. Cuevas, C. Espejo, S. Gonzalez, A. Martinez, G. Bisiacchi, and V. Vumesmeri, Publ. Astron. Soc. Pac. 111, 1321 (1999).
[CrossRef]

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S. T. Wu, in Handbook of Optics, M. Bass, E. Van Stryland, D. Williams, and W. Wolfe, eds. (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1995), Vol. II, Chap. 14.

Appl. Opt. (1)

Astron. Astrophys. (1)

L. Abe, F. Vakili, and A. Boccaletti, Astron. Astrophys. 374, 1161 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. (1)

B. Lyot, Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 99, 580 (1939).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (1)

Proc. Ind. Acad. Sci. A (1)

A. Pancharatnam, Proc. Ind. Acad. Sci. A 44, 247 (1956).

Publ. Astron. Soc. Pac. (4)

F. Roddier and C. Roddier, Publ. Astron. Soc. Pac. 109, 815 (1997).
[CrossRef]

O. Guyon, C. Roddier, J. E. Graves, F. Roddier, S. Cuevas, C. Espejo, S. Gonzalez, A. Martinez, G. Bisiacchi, and V. Vumesmeri, Publ. Astron. Soc. Pac. 111, 1321 (1999).
[CrossRef]

D. Rouan, P. Riaud, A. Boccaletti, Y. Clenet, and A. Labeyrie, Publ. Astron. Soc. Pac. 112, 1479 (2000).
[CrossRef]

P. Riaud, A. Boccaletti, D. Rouan, F. Lemarquis, and A. Labeyrie, Publ. Astron. Soc. Pac. 113, 1145 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Other (1)

S. T. Wu, in Handbook of Optics, M. Bass, E. Van Stryland, D. Williams, and W. Wolfe, eds. (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1995), Vol. II, Chap. 14.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup for simulating a nulling stellar coronagraph based on polarization interferometry. A He–Ne laser and Xe lamp are used as monochromatic and white-light sources, respectively. M’s, mirrors; L1, collimator lens. Other abbreviations defined in text.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Four-quadrant structure of the LC device. The dotted and solid arrows show the directions of the electric field vector of the incident and the exit light, respectively.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Experimental results with the He–Ne laser λ=633 nm: (a) pupil image; (b) focal-plane image at destructive interference; (c) focal-plane image at constructive interference, where a filter with 10-2 intensity transmittance is inserted; (d) azimuthally averaged intensity profiles of the constructive and the destructive interfered patterns at the focal plane, where the dashed curve shows the ratio of the two profiles.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Experimental results with a Xe lamp λ=370830 nm: (a) pupil image; (b) focal-plane image at destructive interference; (c) focal-plane image at constructive interference; (d) azimuthally averaged intensity profiles of the constructive and the destructive interfered patterns at the focal plane, where the unit on the abscissa is the Airy radius at λ=633 nm

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