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Multi-way optical fibre connectors for astronomy
Author(s): Dionne M. Haynes; Roger Haynes; William Rambold; Michael Goodwin; Ed J. Penny
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Paper Abstract

Instrumentation concepts with many thousands of multi-mode optical fibres are now being proposed in response to the science community's request for highly multiplexed instruments. Such instruments will require a fibre connector system that can deliver excellent optical performance and reliability. We report on the viability of commercially available fibre connectors for use in current and future multimode optical fibre based astronomical instrumentation. Two of the most promising multi-way fibre connectors were investigated and their optical performance characterised. We outline the two fibre connector technologies and report on the characterisation of their focal ratio degradation, throughput and wavelength fringing performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 July 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7739, Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation, 773946 (20 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856805
Show Author Affiliations
Dionne M. Haynes, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)
Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (Germany)
Roger Haynes, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)
Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (Germany)
William Rambold, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)
Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (Germany)
Michael Goodwin, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)
Ed J. Penny, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7739:
Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation
Eli Atad-Ettedgui; Dietrich Lemke, Editor(s)

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