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Instrument science at the Anglo-Australian Observatory
Author(s): Joss Bland-Hawthorn
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Paper Abstract

The Anglo-Australian Observatory (AAO) has two groups which work closely to develop the next generation of astronomical instruments: the Instrumentation group, headed by Sam Barden, and the Instrument Science group. The Instrument Science group plays a key role in identifying and prototyping new technologies and concepts, and in establishing links with universities and industrial partners. Recent developments include the following: "echidna" fibre positioning technology, "starbug" robotic positioners; designer optical fibres and photonics; inertial drives and new concepts for large telescopes; new designs for gratings, tunable filters and interference coatings; a programmable "honeycomb" integral field spectrograph; a compact spectrograph for a Mars rover; and a new scheme for an optical laser receiver.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5492, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, (30 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550295
Show Author Affiliations
Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5492:
Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy
Alan F. M. Moorwood; Masanori Iye, Editor(s)

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