Status of the SCExAO instrument: Recent technology upgrades and path to a system-level demonstrator for PSI

Julien Lozi*, Olivier Guyon, Sébastien Vievard, Ananya Sahoo, Vincent Deo, Nemanja Jovanovic, Barnaby Norris, Marc Antoine Martinod, Ben Mazin, Alex Walter, Neelay Fruitwala, Sarah Steiger, Kristina Davis, Peter Tuthill, Tomoyuki Kudo, Hajime Kawahara, Takayuki Kotani, Michael Ireland, Theodoros Anagnos, Chrstian SchwabNick Cvetojevic, Elsa Huby, Sylvestre Lacour, Kevin Barjot, Tyler D. Groff, Jeffrey Chilcote, Jeremy Kasdin, Frantz Martinache, Romain Laugier, Mamadou N'Diaye, Justin Knight, Jared Males, Steven Bos, Frans Snik, David Doelman, Kelsey Miller, Eduardo Bendek, Ruslan Belikov, Eugene Pluzhnik, Thayne Currie, Masayuki Kuzuhara, Taichi Uyama, Jun Nishikawa, Naoshi Murakami, Jun Hashimoto, Yosuke Minowa, Christophe Clergeon, Yoshito Ono, Naruhisa Takato, Motohide Tamura, Hideki Takami, Masa Hayashi

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The Subaru Coronagraphic Extreme Adaptive Optics (SCExAO) instrument is a high-contrast imaging system installed at the 8-m Subaru Telescope on Maunakea, Hawaii. Due to its unique evolving design, SCExAO is both an instrument open for use by the international scientific community, and a testbed validating new technologies, which are critical to future high-contrast imagers on Giant Segmented Mirror Telescopes (GSMTs). Through multiple international collaborations over the years, SCExAO was able to test the most advanced technologies in wavefront sensors, real-time control with GPUs, low-noise high frame rate detectors in the visible and infrared, starlight suppression techniques or photonics technologies. Tools and interfaces were put in place to encourage collaborators to implement their own hardware and algorithms, and test them on-site or remotely, in laboratory conditions or on-sky. We are now commissioning broadband coronagraphs, the Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detector (MKID) Exoplanet Camera (MEC) for high-speed speckle control, as well as a C-RED ONE camera for both polarization differential imaging and IR wavefront sensing. New wavefront control algorithms are also being tested, such as predictive control, multi-camera machine learning sensor fusion, and focal plane wavefront control. We present the status of the SCExAO instrument, with an emphasis on current collaborations and recent technology demonstrations. We also describe upgrades planned for the next few years, which will evolve SCExAO-and the whole suite of instruments on the IR Nasmyth platform of the Subaru Telescope-to become a system-level demonstrator of the Planetary Systems Imager (PSI), the high-contrast instrument for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdaptive Optics Systems VII
EditorsLaura Schreiber, Dirk Schmidt, Elise Vernet
ISBN (Electronic)9781510636835
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
EventAdaptive Optics Systems VII 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 14 Dec 202022 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceAdaptive Optics Systems VII 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online


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