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An update on the VORTEX project
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Applied Materials Sciences.
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2015 (English)In: Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VII, 2015, Vol. 9605Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this talk, we will review the on-going activities within the VORTEX teamat the University of Liège and Uppsala University. The VORTEX project aimsto design, manufacture, test, and exploit vector vortex phase masks madeof sub-wavelength gratings (aka the Annular Groove Phase Mask, AGPM)for the direct detection and characterization of extrasolar planets. This talkwill specifically report on the commissioning of several AGPMs on infraredcameras equipping 10-m class telescopes, including the VLT, the LBT andthe Keck. We will describe the in-lab and on-sky performance of the AGPMs,and discuss first scientific observations. We will also report on the lessonslearned from the on-sky operation of our vortices, and discuss ways toimprove their performance. The potential of our coronagraphic devices inthe context of future extremely large telescopes and space missions will alsobe addressed.

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2015. Vol. 9605
, Proceedings of SPIE
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-285229DOI: 10.1117/12.2218637OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-285229DiVA: diva2:921136
SPIE Optics + Photonics: Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VII, AUG 13-15, 2015, San Diego, USA
Available from: 2016-04-19 Created: 2016-04-19 Last updated: 2016-04-25

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