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 Mission and program

The full program proposed for the period 2016-2020 can be downloaded here :
The R&D department at LAM has a mission of innovation in the fields of optics applied to astronomy, either with a long term vision or on a practical realization of instruments and sub-systems.
The R&D department proposes breakthrough technologies, realizes concepts demonstrations in lab and on sky, and proposes innovative proven technologies for the next generation of telescopes and instruments, either on ground or in space.
The R&D department gathers complementary skills covering a broad range of activities, from the telescope mirrors to the detectors and the data reduction, via AO and innovative instrumentation development. The research themes are structured according to four scientific axis, depicted in Figure 1. These four themes are tackling high resolution (HR) and high contrast imaging (HC) issues

The mission of the R&D group is to increase the maturity level of innovative technologies. A deep understanding of the astrophysics community objectives allows to point out current limitations and trigger innovative propositions. This is the long term vision with a rough 20-30 years objective that reinforces the originality of the LAM technical activities and can trigger the LAM involvement in future large missions.
Proof of concepts are mandatory to expect the use of innovative technologies in future instrumentation. This mid-term vision requires many interactions either with academic or industrial partners, to realize instrumental demonstrators, performance characterization and validation of the operability of technologies, concepts and operation modes.
The group also has a mission in instruments realizations, which can be seen as a short term vision, when these realizations require the expertise and innovative solutions coming from the group. This specificity is a major part of the activity as it is time consuming but is a mandatory pathway to keep being involved in current projects, identify limitations, and find the R&D niches that will trigger new innovative projects.

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