ASTRONOMICAL INSTRUMENTATION FOR GROUND- AND SPACE-BASED TELESCOPES 2010-2015

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. Over the period 2010-2015 we propose to conduct experiments which will extend the applicability of adaptive optics correction down to visible wavelengths, and continue our successful programme of atmospheric characterisation using SLODAR. We will also continue our joint programme with ESO to develop a next generation real-time control system for future adaptive optics systems. We will continue to exploit our in-house manufacturing capability for high precision micro-optics with a focus on closed-loop correction systems and precision grinding of ceramic materials for lightweight optics, and will explore the application of photonics technologies to improving the versatility and efficiency of future astronomical instruments.

Publications

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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 (2010) Astrophotonic spectroscopy: defining the potential advantage in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Barr D (2015) Reducing adaptive optics latency using Xeon Phi many-core processors in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Basden A (2014) Faulty actuator tolerance in deformable mirrors for Extremely Large Telescope multi-object adaptive optics in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Basden A (2014) Real-time correlation reference update for astronomical adaptive optics in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Basden A (2014) A real-time simulation facility for astronomical adaptive optics in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

 
Description Astrophotonica Europe 
Organisation University of Sydney
Department School of Physics
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Joint papers and new ideas
Collaborator Contribution Joint papers and proposals for new ideas.
Impact Papers with JBH.
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. 
 
Description NetPark Breakfast meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 50 attendees fro local industry

Seveeral expressions of interest in access to facilities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011