Training - Optical Fibres in Astronomy (OP-006)

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Course summary

The course, based on practical experience and containing several examples of real instruments, is focused on the application of optical fibres in Astronomy, reviewing the diverse materials used for different spectral windows from UV to MIR. This course describes the main parameters used to characterize a fibre-fed astronomical instrument (focal ratio degradation, modal noise, scrambling, etc.), that have a direct impact in the final instrument performance, as well as the lab set-ups required to measure them. The course goes over the fibre links requirements detailing the microlens - fibre gluing process. Finally, the course provides an overview of the Multi Object Spectrograph positioners technologies, together with the manufacturing process and software tools used in fibre-fed instruments.

Course overview and summary of contents

To whom the course is addressed

The course is targeted for physicists, engineers and astronomers working in instrumental projects that involve the use of optical fibres.

Background needed

A basic grounding in Physics is required.

At the end of this course, attendees will

  • Learn how the properties of the optical fibres impact the instrument performance.
  • Know the current fibres technologies and developments.
  • Learn how to define a fibre link and the microlens-fibre gluing process.
  • Understand the manufacturing requirements and timelines.
  • Get a global knowledge of the software techniques used in fibre-fed instruments.

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