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Defining requirements and identifying relevant technologies in astrophotonics
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Astrophotonics offers a solution to some of the problems of building instruments for the next generation of telescopes through the use of photonic devices to miniaturise and simplify instruments. It has already proved its worth in interferometry over the last decade and is now being applied to nightsky background suppression. Astrophotonics offers a radically different approach to highly-multiplexed spectroscopy to the benefit of galaxy surveys such as are required to determine the evolution of the cosmic equation of state. The Astrophotonica Europa partnership funded by the EU via OPTICON is undertaking a wide-ranging survey of the technological opportunities and their applicability to high-priority astrophysical goals of the next generation of observatories. Here we summarise some of the conclusions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 2010
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 7739, Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation, 773925 (22 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857228
Show Author Affiliations
Jeremy R. Allington-Smith, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Timothy A. Birks, Univ. of Bath (United Kingdom)
Joss Bland-Hawthorn, The Univ. of Sydney (Australia)
Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)
Colin R. Cunningham, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Sonali Dagupta, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Roger Haynes, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)
Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (Germany)
InnoFSPEC (Germany)
Paulo J. V. Garcia, Univ. do Porto (Portugal)
Ajoy K. Kar, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)
Andreas Kelz, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (Germany)
InnoFSPEC (Germany)
Pierre Y. Kern, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Lucas Labadie, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Jon S. Lawrence, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Etienne P. Le Coarer, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Martin M. Roth, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (Germany)
InnoFSPEC (Germany)
Stefano Minardi, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena (Germany)
Ray M. Sharples, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Robert R. Thomson, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)

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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