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Results from the adaptive optics coronagraph at the William Herschel Telescope.

Thompson, S. J and Doel, A. P. and Bingham, R. G. and Charalambous, A. and Myers, R. M. and Bissonauth, N. and Clark, P. and Talbot, G. (2005) 'Results from the adaptive optics coronagraph at the William Herschel Telescope.', Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society., 364 (4). pp. 1203-1210.


Described here is the design and commissioning of a coronagraph facility for the 4.2-m William Herschel Telescope (WHT) and its Nasmyth Adaptive Optics for Multi-purpose Instrumentation (NAOMI). The use of the NAOMI system gives an improved image resolution of 0.15 arcsec at a wavelength of 2.2 μm. This enables the Optimised Stellar Coronagraph for Adaptive optics (OSCA) to suppress stellar light using smaller occulting masks and thus allows regions closer to bright astronomical objects to be imaged. OSCA provides a selection of 10 different occulting masks with sizes of 0.25–2.0 arcsec in diameter, including two with full grey-scale Gaussian profiles. There is also a choice of different sized and shaped Lyot stops (pupil plane masks). Computer simulations of the different coronagraphic options with the NAOMI segmented mirror have relevance for the next generation of highly segmented extremely large telescopes.

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Keywords:Instrumentation, Adaptive optics.
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