Theodoros Anagnos (Greece)
tanagnos @ lsw.uni-heidelberg.de
Using astrophotonics to design new components for future telescopes
Astrophotonics is an area of research that has emerged over the past decade in response to the increasing demands of astronomical instrumentation, which uses rapidly evolving technologies from Astronomy/Astrophysics and Photonics in order to improve modern astronomical instruments and observation techniques. New astrophotonics components are being developed at a rapid pace and have already many applications. Recent examples of such applications include spectroscopy, sky emission line filtering, interferometry and space, using components such as Bragg gratings inscribed inside fibers, integrated spectrographs, photonic lanterns, adaptive optics parts and fiber position technologies. As the next generation of telescopes gets bigger, a number of new challenges for telescope systems and instrumentation emerge.
My PhD will be shared between the Landessternewarte, Heidelberg and McQuarie University, Sydney. While at the Landessterne I will work with Professor Andreas Quirrenbach and Dr Robert Harris, to develop new components for the future Extremely Large Telescopes (ELTs) and especially for the HIRES instrument. I will try to find the best to combine conventional and astrophotonic technologies in instruments. While at McQuarie University, I will work with Professor Christian Schwab and I will complement this by working on high resolution spectrographs designed to measure the Radial velocity of planets and experiment with new detection techniques. For the second part to my thesis I plan to follow up radial-velocity planets and experiment with new detection techniques.
Supervisor: Andreas Quirrenbach (LSW)