C. Aime and R. Soummer (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 12 (2004) 33-44
Phase masks in astronomy: From the Mach-Zehnder interferometer to coronagraphs
Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille,
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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.
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