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Optical replication techniques for image slicers.

Schmoll, J. and Robertson, D. J. and Dubbeldam, C. M. and Bortoletto, F. and Pina, L. and Hudec, R. and Prieto, E. and Norrie, C. and Ramsay-Howat, S. (2006) 'Optical replication techniques for image slicers.', New astronomy reviews., 50 (4-5). pp. 263-266.


The smart focal planes (SmartFP) activity is an European Joint Research Activity funded to develop novel optical technologies for future large telescope instrumentation [Cunningham C.R., et al., 2004. SPIE 5382, 718 726]. In this paper, we will discuss the image slicer developments being carried out as part of this initiative. Image slicing techniques have many applications in the plans for instrumentation on extremely large telescopes and will be central to the delivery of the science case. A study of a virtual multi-object multi-ifu spectrograph and imager (MOMSI) for a hypothetical OWL-class telescope reveals the need for focal plane splitting, deployable imagers and very small beam steering elements like deployable IFUs. The image slicer workpackage, lead from Durham University in collaboration with LFM Bremen, TNO Delft, UKATC Edinburgh, CRAL Lyon, LAM Marseille, Padua University and REFLEX Prague, is evaluating technologies for manufacturing micro optics in large numbers to enable multi-object integral field spectroscopy.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Spectroscopy, Integral field, 3D-spectroscopy, 2D-spectroscopy, Microoptics, Image slicer, Microlens arrays, ELT.
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