“World’s most advanced camera” cranks up the contrast to join exoplanet hunt

Boasting 10,000 pixels, DARKNESS is an integral field spectrograph that uses Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors. That allows it to determine the wavelength and arrival time of each individual photon, meaning planets can be picked out from the background noise more clearly. At the same time, the instrument can also clean up distortion introduced as the light passes through the Earth’s atmosphere, allowing the image to have a higher contrast ratio.

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