Advances in astronomy are often enabled by adoption of new technology. In some instances this is where the technology has been invented specifically for astronomy, but more usually it is adopted from another scientific or industrial area of application. The adoption of new technology typically occurs via one of two processes. The more usual is incremental progress by a series of small improvements, but occasionally this process is disruptive, where a new technology completely replaces an older one. One of the activities of the OPTICON Key Technology Network over the past few years has been a technology forecasting exercise. Here we report on a recent event which focused on the more radical, potentially disruptive technologies for ground-based, optical and infrared astronomy.
Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation II
- Pub Date:
- September 2012
- Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics
- 14 pages, to be published in Proc SPIE 8450: Modern Technologies in Space-/Ground-based Telescopes &