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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 3 — Feb. 2, 2009
  • pp: 1947–1962

Mid-infrared guided optics: a perspective for astronomical instruments

Lucas Labadie and Oswald Wallner  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 3, pp. 1947-1962 (2009)

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Research activities during the last decade have shown the strong potential of photonic devices to greatly simplify ground based and space borne astronomical instruments and to improve their performance. We focus specifically on the mid-infrared wavelength regime (about 5–20μm), a spectral range offering access to warm objects (about 300 K) and to spectral features that can be interpreted as signatures for biological activity (e.g. water, ozone, carbon dioxide). We review the relevant research activities aiming at the development of single-mode guided optics and the corresponding manufacturing technologies. We evaluate the experimentally achieved performance and compare it with the performance requirements for applications in various fields of astronomy. Our goal is to show a perspective for future astronomical instruments based on mid-infrared photonic devices.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2390) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics, infrared
(060.2430) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, single-mode
(130.3060) Integrated optics : Infrared
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(130.3130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics materials
(350.1270) Other areas of optics : Astronomy and astrophysics

Original Manuscript: November 5, 2008
Revised Manuscript: January 22, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: January 28, 2009
Published: January 30, 2009

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Lucas Labadie and Oswald Wallner, "Mid-infrared guided optics: a perspective for astronomical instruments," Opt. Express 17, 1947-1962 (2009)

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