Much of the progress in astronomy has been driven by instrumental developments, from the first telescopes to fiber fed spectrographs. In this review, we describe the field of astrophotonics, a combination of photonics and astronomical instrumentation that is gaining importance in the development of current and future instrumentation. We begin with the science cases that have been identified as possibly benefiting from astrophotonic devices. We then discuss devices, methods and developments in the field along with the advantages they provide. We conclude by describing possible future perspectives in the field and their influence on astronomy.
Astronomy and Astrophysics Review
- Pub Date:
- December 2021
- Astronomical instrumentation;
- Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics
- 99 pages, 7 figures - Invited review article for The Astronomy and Astrophysics Review. Submitted on 9 Nov 2018, Resubmission 8 Nov 2020