Skip to main content
    • Aa
    • Aa

Performance of a Novel PMMA Polymer Imaging Bundle for Field Acquisition and Wavefront Sensing

  • S. N. Richards (a1) (a2) (a3) (a4), S. Leon-Saval (a1) (a4), M. Goodwin (a2), J. Zheng (a2), J. S. Lawrence (a2), J. J. Bryant (a1) (a2) (a3), J. Bland-Hawthorn (a1) (a4), B. Norris (a1) (a4), N. Cvetojevic (a1) (a2) (a4) (a5) (a6) and A. Argyros (a6)...

Imaging bundles provide a convenient way to translate a spatially coherent image, yet conventional imaging bundles made from silica fibre optics typically remain expensive with large losses due to poor filling factors (~40%). We present the characterisation of a novel polymer imaging bundle made from poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) that is considerably cheaper and a better alternative to silica imaging bundles over short distances (~1 m; from the middle to the edge of a telescope’s focal plane). The large increase in filling factor (92% for the polymer imaging bundle) outweighs the large increase in optical attenuation from using PMMA (1 dB/m) instead of silica (10−3 dB/m). We present and discuss current and possible future multi-object applications of the polymer imaging bundle in the context of astronomical instrumentation including: field acquisition, guiding, wavefront sensing, narrow-band imaging, aperture masking, and speckle imaging. The use of PMMA limits its use in low-light applications (e.g., imaging of galaxies); however, it is possible to fabricate polymer imaging bundles from a range of polymers that are better suited to the desired science.

Corresponding author
7 E-mail:
Linked references
Hide All

This list contains references from the content that can be linked to their source. For a full set of references and notes please see the PDF or HTML where available.

A. Argyros 2013, ISRN Opt., 2013, 22 10.1155/2013/785162 isrn/2013/785162/

H. W. Babcock 1953, PASP, 65, 229 10.1086/126606 1953PASP...65..229B

J. J. Bryant , J. Bland-Hawthorn , L. M. R. Fogarty , J. S. Lawrence , & S. M. Croom 2014, MNRAS, 438, 869 10.1093/mnras/stt2254 2014MNRAS.438..869B

J. J. Bryant , et al. 2015, MNRAS, 447, 2857 10.1093/mnras/stu2635 2015MNRAS.447.2857B

A. Burrows 2005, Nature, 433, 261 10.1038/nature03244 2005Natur.433..261B

G. Duchêne , & A. Kraus 2013, ARA&A, 51, 269 10.1146/annurev-astro-081710-102602 2013ARA&A..51..269D

O. Guyon 2010, PASP, 122, 49 10.1086/649646 2010PASP..122...49G

F. Hammer , et al. 2002, in Proc. of the ESO Workshop, Scientific Drivers for ESO Future VLT/VLTI Instrumentation, eds. J. Bergeron & G. Monnet (Berlin: Springer-Verlag), 139

M. Hart , N. M. Milton , C. Baranec , K. Powell , T. Stalcup , D. McCarthy , C. Kulesa , & E. Bendek 2010, Natur, 466, 727 10.1038/nature09311 2010Natur.466..727H

I. J. Lewis , et al. 2002, MNRAS, 333, 279 10.1046/j.1365-8711.2002.05333.x 2002MNRAS.333..279L

B. A. Patterson , & W. J. Sutherland 2003, in Proc. SPIE, Vol. 4842, Specialized Optical Developments in Astronomy, eds. E. Atad-Ettedgui & S. D'Odorico (Waikoloa: SPIE), 231

F. Rigaut , et al. 1998, PASP, 110, 152

C. Roddier , & F. Roddier 1993, JOSAA, 10, 2277 10.1364/JOSAA.10.002277 1993JOSAA..10.2277R

S. A. Smee , et al. 2013, AJ, 146, 32 10.1088/0004-6256/146/2/32 2013AJ....146...32S

P. G. Tuthill , J. D. Monnier , W. C. Danchi , E. H. Wishnow , & C. A. Haniff 2000, PASP, 112, 555 10.1086/316550 2000PASP..112..555T

F. Vidal , et al. 2014, A&A, 569, A16 10.1051/0004-6361/201322991 2014A&A...569A..16V

M. Watanabe , et al. 2008, in Adaptive Optics Systems, 701564 10.1117/12.789882

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
  • ISSN: 1323-3580
  • EISSN: 1448-6083
  • URL: /core/journals/publications-of-the-astronomical-society-of-australia
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *



Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 1
Total number of PDF views: 12 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 75 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between 31st January 2017 - 23rd May 2017. This data will be updated every 24 hours.