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Towards Innovative cost-effective astronomical instrumentation

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 ICARUS project word cloud

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Project "ICARUS" data sheet

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Organization address
address: RUE MICHEL ANGE 3
city: PARIS
postcode: 75794

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙747˙666 €
 EC max contribution 1˙747˙666 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-08-01   to  2021-07-31


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 Project objective

Enabling disruptive technologies has always been crucial to trigger revolutionary science discoveries. The daring challenges in astronomy and astrophysics are extremely demanding in terms of high angular resolution and high contrast imaging, and require extreme stability and image quality. Instruments based on current classical designs tend to get bigger and more complex, and are faced to ever increasing difficulties to meet science requirements. This proposal has the clear objective to propose breakthrough compact optical architectures for the next generation of giant observatories. The project focus on the niche of active components and is structured in two main research pillars to (I) enable the use of additive manufacturing (3D-printing) to produce affordable deformable mirrors for VIS or NIR observations, (II) pave the road for a common use of curved and deformable detectors. Extensive finite element analysis will allow to cover the parameter space and broad prototyping will demonstrate and characterize the performance of such devices. Both pillars are extremely challenging, the fields of detectors and optical fabrication being driven by the market. We will then orientate the activities towards a mass production method. To maximize the impact of this high gain R&D, the pillars are surrounded by two transverse activities: (i) design and optimization of a new zoo of optical systems using active mirrors and flexible detectors, and (ii) build a solid plan of technology transfer to end-user industrial companies, through a patenting and licensing strategy, to maximize the financial return and then perpetuate the activities. The pathway proposed here is mandatory to develop affordable components in the near future, and will enable compact and high performance instrumentation. These high potential activities will dramatically reduce the complexity of instruments in the era of giant observatories, simplify the operability of systems and offer increased performance.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Xiaopeng Xie, Emmanuel Hugot, Chuang Li, Liang Xu, Sabri Lemared, Meiying Liu, Xuewu Fan, Hui Zhao
Elastic bending of variable curvature mirrors: validation of a simplified analytical method
published pages: 7121, ISSN: 1559-128X, DOI: 10.1364/ao.58.007121
Applied Optics 58/26 2019-10-08
2019 Simona Lombardo, Eduard Muslimov, Gerard Lemaître, Emmanuel Hugot
Next-generation telescopes with curved focal surface for ultralow surface brightness surveys
published pages: 5057-5064, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stz2068
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 488/4 2019-10-08
2017 Eduard Muslimov, Emmanuel Hugot, Wilfried Jahn, Sebastien Vives, Marc Ferrari, Bertrand Chambion, David Henry, Christophe Gaschet
Combining freeform optics and curved detectors for wide field imaging: a polynomial approach over squared aperture
published pages: 14598, ISSN: 1094-4087, DOI: 10.1364/oe.25.014598
Optics Express 25/13 2019-06-19
2018 Eduard Muslimov, Emmanuel Hugot, Marc Ferrari, Thibault Behaghel, Gerard R. Lemaitre, Melanie Roulet, Simona Lombardo
Design of optical systems with toroidal curved detectors
published pages: 3092, ISSN: 0146-9592, DOI: 10.1364/OL.43.003092
Optics Letters 43/13 2019-06-19
2017 Eduard Muslimov, Kjetil Dohlen, Benoit Neichel, Emmanuel Hugot
Design of pre-optics for laser guide star wavefront sensor for the ELT
published pages: , ISSN: 2192-8584, DOI: 10.1515/aot-2017-0056
Advanced Optical Technologies 6/6 2019-06-19
2017 Eduard R. Muslimov, Gennady G. Valyvin, Sergei N. Fabrika, Nadezhda K. Pavlycheva
Design and optimization of a dispersive unit based on cascaded volume phase holographic gratings
published pages: 102331L, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1117/12.2264679
Holography: Advances and Modern Trends V 2019-06-19
2017 Eduard Muslimov, David Valls-Gabaud, Gérard Lemaître, Emmanuel Hugot, Wilfred Jahn, Simona Lombardo, Xin Wang, Pascal Vola, Marc Ferrari
Fast, wide-field and distortion-free telescope with curved detectors for surveys at ultralow surface brightness
published pages: 8639, ISSN: 1559-128X, DOI: 10.1364/AO.56.008639
Applied Optics 56/31 2019-06-19
2017 Eduard R. Muslimov, Sergei N. Fabrika, Gennady G. Valyavin
Combined narrowband imager-spectrograph with volume-phase holographic gratings
published pages: 103293R, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1117/12.2270098
Optical Measurement Systems for Industrial Inspection X 2019-06-19
2017 Eduard R. Muslimov, Emmanuel Hugot, Marc Ferrari
Combining freeform-shaped holographic grating and curved detectors in a scheme of multi-slit astronomic spectrograph
published pages: 102331M, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1117/12.2264790
Holography: Advances and Modern Trends V 2019-06-19
2018 Atkins, C.; Feldman, C.; Brooks, D.; Watson, S.; Cochrane, W.; Roulet, M.; Hugot, E.; Beardsley, M.; Harris, M.; Spindloe, C.; Alcock, S. G.; Nistea, I. T.; Morawe, C.; Perrin, F.
Topological Design of Lightweight Additively Manufactured Mirrors for Space
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
In: Proceedings of SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 2018. SPIE: Austin, Texas, USA. (2018) 1 2019-06-07
2019 Christophe Gaschet, Wilfried Jahn, Bertrand Chambion, Emmanuel Hugot, Thibault Behaghel, Simona Lombardo, Sabri Lemared, Marc Ferrari, Stéphane Caplet, Stéphane Gétin, Aurélie Vandeneynde, David Henry
Methodology to design optical systems with curved sensors
published pages: 973, ISSN: 1559-128X, DOI: 10.1364/AO.58.000973
Applied Optics 58/4 2019-06-07
2018 Muslimov , Eduard; Bouret , Jean-Claude; Neiner , Coralie; López Ariste , Arturo; Ferrari , Marc; Vivès , Sébastien; Hugot , Emmanuel; Grange , Robert; Lombardo , Simona; Lopes , Louise; Costerate , Josiane; Brachet , Frank
POLLUX: a UV spectropolarimeter for the LUVOIR space telescope project
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
France. 2018 1 2019-06-07
2018 Muslimov , Eduard; Hugot , Emmanuel; Lombardo , Simona; Roulet , Melanie; Ferrari , Marc
Freeform optics complexity estimation: comparison of methods
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 1 2019-06-07
2018 Eduard Muslimov, Gennady Valyavin, Sergei Fabrika, Faig Musaev, Gazinur Galazutdinov, Nadezhda Pavlycheva, Eduard Emelianov
Experimental Study of an Advanced Concept of Moderate-resolution Holographic Spectrographs
published pages: 75001, ISSN: 0004-6280, DOI: 10.1088/1538-3873/aabe71
Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 130/989 2019-06-07
2018 Chambion , Bertrand; Gaschet , Christophe; Behaghel , Thibault; Vandeneynde , Aurélie; Caplet , Stéphane; Gétin , Stéphane; Henry , David; Hugot , Emmanuel; Jahn , Wilfried; Lombardo , Simona; Ferrari , Marc
Curved sensors for compact high-resolution wide field designs: prototype demonstration and optical characterization
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
SPIE Photonics West 2018 2 2019-06-07
2018 Muslimov, Eduard; Hugot, Emmanuel; Lombardo, Simona; Roulet, Melanie; Behaghel, Thibault; Ferrari, Marc; Jahn, Wilfried
Advanced optical designs of curved detectors-based two-mirrors unobscured telescopes
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 1 2019-06-07
2018 Eduard R. Muslimov, Marc Ferrari, Emmanuel Hugot, Jean-Claude Bouret, Coralie Neiner, Simona Lombardo, Gerard Lemaitre, Robert Grange, Ilya A. Guskov
Design and modeling of spectrographs with holographic gratings on freeform surfaces
published pages: 1, ISSN: 0091-3286, DOI: 10.1117/1.oe.57.12.125105
Optical Engineering 57/12 2019-06-06
2019 Simona Lombardo, Thibault Behaghel, Bertrand Chambion, Stéphane Caplet, Wilfried Jahn, Emmanuel Hugot, Eduard Muslimov, Melanie Roulet, Marc Ferrari, Christophe Gaschet, David Henry
Curved detectors for astronomical applications: characterization results on different samples
published pages: 2174, ISSN: 1559-128X, DOI: 10.1364/AO.58.002174
Applied Optics 58/9 2019-06-06
2018 Muslimov , Eduard; Ferrari , Marc; Hugot , Emmanuel; Bouret , Jean-Claude; Neiner , Coralie; Lombardo , Simona; Lemaitre , Gerard; Grange , Robert
Spectrographs with holographic gratings on freeform surfaces: design approach and application for the LUVOIR mission
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
SPIE 1 2019-06-06
2018 Muslimov , Eduard; Hugot , Emmanuel; Lombardo , Simona; Roulet , Melanie; Behaghel , Thibault; Ferrari , Marc; Jahn , Wilfried; Gaschet , Christophe; Chambion , Bertrand; Henry , David
Curved detectors for wide field imaging systems: impact on tolerance analysis
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 1 2019-06-06

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