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Research Article

Phase masks in astronomy: From the Mach-Zehnder interferometer to coronagraphs

Astronomy with High Contrast Imaging II, Nice, France.

K. Dohlen

Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille, 2 place Leverrier, 13248 Marseille Cedex 4, France;


Phase masks have numerous applications in astronomical optics, in particular related to two themes: coronagraphy for detection and analysis of extrasolar planets or circumstellar disks, and wavefront analysis for extremely precise adaptive optics systems or cophasing of segmented mirrors. I review some of the literature concerning phase masks and attempt to bridge the gap between two instrumental systems in which they are often found: the Mach-Zehnder interferometer and the coronagraph.

(Online publication October 11 2004)