Optimizing astrophotonic spatial reformatters using simulated on-sky performance

Theodoros Anagnos*, Robert J. Harris, Mark K. Corrigan, Andrew P. Reeves, Matthew J. Townson, David G. MaClachlan, Robert R. Thomson, Tim J. Morris, Christian Schwab, Andreas Quirrenbach

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Abstract

One of the most useful techniques in astronomical instrumentation is image slicing. It enables a spectrograph to have a more compact angular slit, whilst retaining throughput and increasing resolving power. Astrophotonic components like the photonic lanterns and photonic reformatters can be used to replace bulk optics used so far. This study investigates the performance of such devices using end-to-end simulations to approximate realistic on-sky conditions. It investigates existing components, tries to optimize their performance and aims to understand better how best to design instruments to maximize their performance. This work complements the recent work in the field and provides an estimation for the performance of the new components.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation III
EditorsRamón Navarro, Roland Geyl
Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
PublisherSPIE
Pages1-12
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781510619661
ISBN (Print)9781510619654
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2018
EventAdvances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation III 2018 - Austin, United States
Duration: 10 Jun 201815 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
PublisherSPIE
Volume10706
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Conference

ConferenceAdvances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation III 2018
CountryUnited States
CityAustin
Period10/06/1815/06/18

Keywords

  • Adaptive optics
  • Astrophotonics
  • Image slicing
  • Instrumentation
  • Photonic lantern
  • Simulations
  • Spectrographs

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    Anagnos, T., Harris, R. J., Corrigan, M. K., Reeves, A. P., Townson, M. J., MaClachlan, D. G., ... Quirrenbach, A. (2018). Optimizing astrophotonic spatial reformatters using simulated on-sky performance. In R. Navarro, & R. Geyl (Eds.), Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation III (pp. 1-12). [107062H] (Proceedings of SPIE; Vol. 10706). Bellingham, Washington: SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2312017