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Direct Imaging as a Detection Technique for Exoplanets

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In this chapter we review the essential ingredients of exoplanet detection with the direct imaging method. In the first section, we discuss the various sources of noise associated with direct exoplanet detection along with the trades in instrument design that help reduce them. We derive scaling laws from first principles to outline the broad strokes of the compromises that can be made at the instrument level. In the second section we tackle the detection problem from a data analysis standpoint. We present the most widespread class of algorithms and discuss future improvements.


  • Exoplanet Detection
  • Coronagraph
  • Host Star
  • Gemini Planet Imager
  • Wavefront Control

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Pueyo, L. (2018). Direct Imaging as a Detection Technique for Exoplanets. In: Deeg, H., Belmonte, J. (eds) Handbook of Exoplanets . Springer, Cham.

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