The Messenger Astronomical News

Report on the Workshop “Dispersing Elements for Astronomy: New Trends and Possibilities”

  • Bianco, Andrea [INAF–Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, Merate, Italy]
  • Bernstein, Rebecca [Carnegie Observatories, Pasadena, USA]
  • de Ugarte Postigo, Antonio [Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), Granada, Spain; Dark Cosmology Centre, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark]
  • Garzon, Francisco [Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Tenerife, Spain]
  • Holland, Wayne [UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, UK]
  • Manescau, Antonio [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Navarro, Ramon [NOVA Optical Infrared Instrumentation Group, ASTRON, the Netherlands]
  • Riva, Marco [INAF–Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, Merate, Italy]

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Astronomical spectrographs play an important role in addressing some of the biggest challenges in modern astronomy. One of the most critical components of any spectrograph is its dispersing element, since it determines the resolution and dispersion of the spectrograph, and is typically one of the least efficient optical components of the instrument. The aim of this workshop was to bring together researchers and engineers involved in the design, development and construction of spectroscopic instrumentation, with companies and institutes that produce dispersing elements and associated optical components. The forum provided the opportunity to discuss the scientific needs of future instruments, and to address the technological challenges that will allow the development of new types of dispersing elements in the coming years.

Created: 2018-06-01/2018-06-30
2 pages

Cite this article:

A. Bianco, R. Bernstein, A. de Ugarte Postigo, F. Garzon, W. Holland, A. Manescau, R. Navarro, M. Riva; Report on the Workshop "Dispersing Elements for Astronomy: New Trends and Possibilities". The Messenger 172 (June 2018): 40–41.