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Astro2020: Astrophotonics White Paper

Gatkine, Pradip and Veilleux, Sylvain and Mather, John and Betters, Christopher and Bland-Hawthorn, Jonathan and Bryant, Julia and Cenko, S. Bradley and Dagenais, Mario and Deming, Drake and Ellis, Simon and Greenhouse, Matthew and Harris, Andrew and Jovanovic, Nemanja and Kuhlmann, Steve and Kutyrev, Alexander and Leon-Saval, Sergio and Madhav, Kalaga and Moseley, Samuel and Norris, Barnaby and Rauscher, Bernard and Roth, Martin and Vogel, Stuart (2019) Astro2020: Astrophotonics White Paper. Astro2020 Science White Paper, . (Unpublished)

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Astrophotonics is the application of versatile photonic technologies to channel, manipulate, and disperse guided light from one or more telescopes to achieve scientific objectives in astronomy in an efficient and cost-effective way. The developments and demands from the telecommunication industry have driven a major boost in photonic technology and vice versa in the last 40 years. The photonic platform of guided light in fibers and waveguides has opened the doors to next-generation instrumentation for both ground- and space-based telescopes in optical and near/mid-IR bands, particularly for the upcoming extremely large telescopes (ELTs). The large telescopes are pushing the limits of adaptive optics to reach close to a near-diffraction-limited performance. The photonic devices are ideally suited for capturing this AO-corrected light and enabling new and exciting science such as characterizing exoplanet atmospheres. The purpose of this white paper is to summarize the current landscape of astrophotonic devices and their scientific impact, highlight the key issues, and outline specific technological and organizational approaches to address these issues in the coming decade and thereby enable new discoveries as we embark on the era of extremely large telescopes.

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Gatkine, Pradip0000-0002-1955-2230
Veilleux, Sylvain0000-0002-3158-6820
Bland-Hawthorn, Jonathan0000-0001-7516-4016
Bryant, Julia0000-0003-1627-9301
Cenko, S. Bradley0000-0003-1673-970X
Deming, Drake0000-0001-5727-4094
Harris, Andrew0000-0001-6159-9174
Kutyrev, Alexander0000-0002-2715-8460
Series Name:Astro2020 Science White Paper
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ID Code:97302
Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:22 Jul 2019 16:58
Last Modified:09 Mar 2020 13:18

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