Astronomical Instrumentation for Ground- and Space- Based Telescopes

Lead Research Organisation: Durham University
Department Name: Physics

Abstract

We propose a continuation of our successful rolling programme of research and development in astronomical instrumentation for ground- and space-based telescopes. The primary goals are to investigate key technologies for the next generation of large and extremely large telescopes which will rely heavily on adaptive optics to deliver their full scientific potential. Over the period 2007-2012 we propose to develop high fidelity simulations of adaptive optics systems and to test the performance of very high order wavefront correctors in the laboratory. We will also continue our joint programme with ESO to develop a next generation real-time control system for future adaptive optics systems and explore the use of new techniques in determining site the charachterisation parameters relevant to extremely large telescopes. We will continue to develop our in-house manufacturing capability for high precision micro-optics components and explore the potential of photonic crystal devices to deliver fundamental new capabilities in spectroscopic instrumentation.

Publications

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Abramowski A (2014) DISCOVERY OF THE HARD SPECTRUM VHE ?-RAY SOURCE HESS J1641-463 in The Astrophysical Journal

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Algorri JF (2013) Modal liquid crystal array of optical elements. in Optics express

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Allington-Smith J (2013) End effects in optical fibres in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Allington-Smith J (2007) New techniques for integral field spectroscopy - II. Performance of the GNIRS IFU in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Allington-Smith J (2007) Strategies for spectroscopy on Extremely Large Telescopes - I. Image slicing in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Basden A (2014) Visible near-diffraction-limited lucky imaging with full-sky laser-assisted adaptive optics in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

 
Description Waveguide 
Organisation Heriot-Watt University
Department Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Design & applications.
Collaborator Contribution New opportunities for projects. Student training opportunities.
Impact Joint publications with R Thompson.
Start Year 2010
 
Title Image Slicers 
Description Diamond-machining of reflective image slicers for integral field (area) spectroscopy with form errors and surface roughness errors <10nm. Optics, active and adaptive optics, mirrors, aspherics, interferometers, photonics 
Type Of Technology Systems, Materials & Instrumental Engineering 
Year Produced 2011 
Impact Key technology in KMOS multi-integral field spectrometer for ESO VLT. This was the first UK-led facility instrument for the ESO VLT. 
 
Title Microslice Hyperspectral Imager 
Description A new approach to snapshot hyperspectral imaging based on microlens array technology has been developed. Optics, active and adaptive optics, mirrors, aspherics, interferometers, photonics 
Type Of Technology Systems, Materials & Instrumental Engineering 
Year Produced 2012 
Impact Potential applications in security sector in addition to environment. CLASP award applied for.