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The Effect Model Starshade Design has on Diffracting a Green Light Laser in Order to Reduce Visible Light Diffraction in an Image

Physics and Astronomy
Sydney Rawlings

Elyse Wexler

Inspired by the starshade equipped to the James-Webb Space telescope, an experiment is performed to test different starshade designs through the use of model replicas. Different petals are designed and tested to see which design works the best at reducing the intensity of light diffraction.

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