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This PDF file contains the front matter associated with SPIE Proceedings Volume 9151 including the Title Page, Copyright information, Table of Contents, Introduction, and Conference Committee listing.

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Conference Committee

Symposium Chairs

  • Gillian S. Wright, UK Astronomy Technology Centre (United Kingdom)

  • Luc Simard, National Research Council Canada (Canada)

Symposium Co-chairs

  • Colin R. Cunningham UK Astronomy Technology Centre (United Kingdom)

  • Masanori Iye National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)

Conference Chairs

  • Ramón Navarro, NOVA Optical & Infrared Instrumentation Group at ASTRON (Netherlands)

  • Colin R. Cunningham, UK Astronomy Technology Centre United Kingdom)

  • Allison A. Barto, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation (United States)

Conference Program Committee

  • Daniel R. Blanco, MMT Observatory (United States)

  • James H. Burge, College of Optical Sciences, The University of Arizona (United States)

  • V. Alfonso Feria, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (United States)

  • Roland Geyl, REOSC (France)

  • Peter Hartmann, SCHOTT AG (Germany)

  • Roger Haynes, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (Germany)

  • Huub Janssen, Janssen Precision Engineering B.V. (Netherlands)

  • David M. Montgomery, UK Astronomy Technology Centre (United Kingdom)

  • Eric Prieto, Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille-Provence (France)

  • Andrew T. Sarawit, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (United States)

  • Jinxue Wang, Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems (United States)

Session Chairs

  • 1 Telescope Structures

    Andrew T. Sarawit, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (United States)

  • 2 Active Instruments

    Philip Rees, UK Astronomy Technology Centre (United Kingdom)

  • 3 Cryogenic Techniques

    Huub Janssen, Janssen Precision Engineering B.V. (Netherlands)

  • 4 Mirror Materials

    Peter Hartmann, SCHOTT AG (Germany)

  • 5 Mirror Finishing

    Roland Geyl, REOSC (France)

  • 6 Test and Metrology

    James H. Burge, College of Optical Sciences, The University of Arizona (United States)

  • 7 Test and Metrology of Large Optics

    Daniel R. Blanco, MMT Observatory (United States)

  • 8 System Test and Alignment

    James H. Burge, College of Optical Sciences, The University of Arizona (United States)

  • 9 Novel Technologies

    Colin R. Cunningham, UK Astronomy Technology Centre (United Kingdom)

  • 10 Coatings

    Allison A. Barto, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation (United States)

  • 11 Gratings I

    Allison A. Barto, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation (United States)

  • 12 Gratings II

    Ramón Navarro, NOVA Optical & Infrared Instrumentation Group at ASTRON (Netherlands)

  • 13 High Contrast Imaging

    Matthew A. Kenworthy, Leiden Observatory (Netherlands)

  • 14 Spectroscopy

    Allison A. Barto, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation (United States)

  • 15 Optical Fibers and Positioners I

    Roger Haynes, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (Germany)

  • 16 Optical Fibers and Positioners II

    Roger Haynes, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (Germany)

Introduction

This conference covered an extremely broad range of new developments in optical and mechanical technology for telescopes and instrumentation. Most of the key challenges in ground based and space astronomy over the next decade require better and more accurate manufacturing and deployment of optical components and systems as we move to bigger and more complex telescopes. This conference demonstrates the ingenuity and innovation that this community brings to solving these problems, from manufacturing and metrology of large optical components, to the development of novel photonic devices that have the potential for revolutionising how we build instruments in the future.

While many of these developments are incremental and build on years of experience in industry, universities, and research institutes, we also saw some radically new technologies coming closer to serious application on the sky. For instance, we had excellent presentations and posters on new manufacturing techniques such as etched silicon for immersion gratings, ultra-fast laser Inscription for waveguides and gratings, and novel coating methods. Rapid progress was demonstrated on optical devices and light manipulators, such as huge arrays of image slicers, new applications of robotic manipulators such as ‘starbugs’, and coronographic techniques to address the challenges of high contrast imaging and spectroscopy of exoplanets. The challenges of manufacturing large and complex mirrors, such as those for LSST and the ELTs, continues to push metrology techniques to higher precision and faster data processing. We also saw some new ideas for active and lightweight mirrors for space—on the path to build even bigger space telescopes in the future.

Once again, with had a hard time choosing the best oral paper and poster, but were pleased to present awards sponsored by NOVA (the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy) to:

  • Best Oral Presentation: Bioinspired broadband antireflection coatings for infrared spectroscopic instruments: Peng Jiang, Jian Ge, Bo Zhao, David B. Tanner, (Univ. of Florida, United States)

  • Best Poster: Core-to-core uniformity improvement in multi-core fiber Bragg gratings: Emma Lindley (Univ. of Sydney, Australia); Seong-Sik Min; Sergio Leon-Saval; Nick Cvetojevic; Nemanja Jovanovic; Joss Bland-Hawthorn; Jon Lawrence; Itandehui Gris-Sanchez; Tim Birks; Roger Haynes; Dionne Haynes

We are grateful to the conference committee for addressing the difficult task of formulating the conference programme from a list of submissions that continues to grow with each conference.

Finally, we would like to thank all the participants for contributing to a lively and stimulating conference and would like to welcome as many as possible back for the next one in Edinburgh in 2016, where we can expect many of these technologies to have moved into use and to see more innovations from our vibrant world-wide community of optical and mechanical engineers and scientists.

Ramón Navarro

Allison A. Barto

Colin R. Cunningham

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