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Astrophotonics moves to real-world applications

04.03.2022 - LaserFocusWorld


PAWS, a prototype of an integrated photon spectrograph on a chip during integration with the cryogenically cooled infrared array Teledyne H2RG in the innoFSPEC laboratory.  The waveguide array (insert) provides a spectral resolution of R-15,000 in the astronomical range H (1.55 μm) with unprecedented efficiency.  The chip was developed by innoFSPEC and manufactured by Enablence (USA).  Innovative spectrographs of this kind for future space missions promise significant savings in mass and volume compared to, for example, the 196 kg NIRSpec on board the James Webb Space Telescope.

Credit: AIP/Svend-Marian Bauer

A sharp look into space with new instruments

27.12.2021 - Year in Review Astrophysics 2021.

Astrophotonics - an emerging field of astrophysics

13.08.2021 - Two renowned journals in the field of optics and photonics publish joint special issue.

Following the Astro2020 Decadal Survey Pathways to Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 2020s report identifies Astrophotonics as a key technology area for the future of astronomy. Ref. to page. 436, “K.4.7 Technology Development: Astrophotonics” of the full report.

"The more coordinated approach adopted by Europe (Germany in particular) and Australia has led to success and leadership in this field"

Lead by Dr Aline Dinkelaker and Dr Aashia Rahman and an international editorial team, OPTICA (formerly OSA) publishes a joint feature issue on the topic of astrophotonics in JOSA B and Applied Optics.

Astrophotonics – an emerging field in astrophysics

"Astrophotonics : Processing Starlight"

Dr. Aline Dinkelaker and Dr. Aashia Rahman discuss how starlight processors are transforming future astronomical instruments.

In The Innovations Platform Issue 3 Page 50, Professor Martin M Roth and Dr Kalaga Madhav from innoFSPEC Potsdam explain how Astrophotonics is crucial to the new and next generation of astronomy infrastructure

Last update: 17. March 2022