Imaging Solar System-Like Planets from
Thayne Currie



Although the first generation conventional and extreme-adaptive optics systems have yielded discoveries of ~15 directly-imaged planets and shed light on their atmospheric properties, detecting bona fide solar system analogues remains elusive. In this talk, I describe the scientific/technical motivation, specifications, first science results, and long-term future of the Subaru Coronagraphic Extreme Adaptive Optics project. Already a bona-fide extreme AO system rapidly closing the gap with others (e.g. GPI; LBTAO), SCExAO should eventually allow us obtain spectra for young jovian planets close to the telescope diffraction limit and could (later) reveal the first images of exoplanets in reflected light. The project serves as a technological and scientific pathfinder for upcoming missions like WFIRST-AFTA and presents an opportunity for imaging planets in the habitable zones of nearby stars with the Thirty Meter Telescope.