Astrophotonic interferometry: coherently moulding the flow of starlight

Barnaby R. M. Norris*

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In recent years photonic technologies have had a major impact on astronomy. Astrophotonics now includes the use of photonic chips to perform coherent pupil remapping, beam splitting and combination, and nulling. The high stability and precise tolerances intrinsic to astrophotonic devices make them especially useful in interferometry, where maintaining coherence is critical. Both laser direct write chips (ideal for 3D to 2D pupil remapping) and photolithographic devices (ideal for complex beam combination systems) have seen recent successes. Here some of the various astrophotonic technologies applicable to interferometry will be outlined, and the current state of the art and future steps with the technology will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOptical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging VI
EditorsMichelle J. Creech-Eakman, Peter G. Tuthill, Antoine Mérand
Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781510619562
ISBN (Print)9781510619555
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2018
Event2018 Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging VI - Austin, United States
Duration: 11 Jun 201815 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


Conference2018 Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging VI
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • interferometry
  • photonics
  • astrophotonics
  • integrated optics
  • beam combination
  • nulling interferometry
  • pupil remapping
  • laser direct-write


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