Wavefront sensing using a photonic lantern

Mark Corrigan, Robert J. Harris, Robert R. Thomson, David Guillaume MacLachlan, Jeremy R. Allington-Smith, Richard Myers, Tim Morris

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The need for high speed wavefront sensing within astronomical adaptive optics is growing, especially when scaling existing systems to ELTs. A photonic lantern (PL) could be advantageous with such systems because the output can be formatted onto a fast 1D CCD array separated from the telescope focal plane. We investigate the coupling of light from the focal plane into a simple four mode PL via simulations within RSoft. The output intensity distribution of the single mode cores when the input wavefront is affected by tip or tilt is analysed and compared with a quad cell of detector pixels typically used for a Shack-Hartmann.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdaptive Optics Systems V
ISBN (Electronic)9781510601970
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2016
EventAdaptive Optics Systems V - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Jun 20161 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceAdaptive Optics Systems V
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Adaptive optics
  • Astrohotonics
  • Photonic lantern
  • Wavefront sensor
  • Waveguide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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