Astrophysical instrumentation

Projects

As the main objective of the Division is the development of astrophysical instrumentation, frequently it is required its participation in studies and proposals for the construction of future telescopes. Since the design and construction of the IAC-80 telescope, the Instrumentation Division has contributed to several large telescopes projects

  • Cherenkov Telescope Array 3D simulation
    IACTEC Large Telescopes: Cherenkov Telescope Array - CTA

    The CTA is an initiative which is planning the construction of a new generation of Cherenkov Telescopes to study the universe in very high energy gamma-rays. Gamma-rays carry information about the most violent and extreme events in the universe.

    Ramón
    García López
  • New Robotic Telescope
    IACTEC Large Telescopes: New Robotic Telescope - NRT

    The NRT (New Robotic Telescope) is a project to design and build a 4-meter telescope within five years, which from the ORM will operate in a totally autonomous and robotic way. This form of operation will make it the largest robotic telescope in the world.

    Carlos Manuel
    Gutiérrez de La Cruz
  • EST Render
    IACTEC Large Telescopes: The European Solar Telescope - EST

    The European Solar Telescope (EST) ( http://www.est-east.eu ) is a European solar physics initiative involving more than 30 institutions from 18 countries, under the coordination of the IAC, representing the largest infrastructure of European research projected in the field of solar physics from Earth.

    Manuel
    Collados Vera
  • Diseño conceptual de la cúpula
    ELT - European Extremely Large Telescope

    FP6 viability study proposal for a European Extremely Large Telescope. Contains studies and developments in various astrophysics-related fields: wavefront control, optics, mechanics, control, dome and infrastructure, adaptive optics, operations, instrumentation, and site characterisation.

    Marcos
    Reyes Garcia Talavera
  • Ejemplos de las tecnologías involucradas en estos desarrollos: De izquierda a derecha, sensor de frente de onda de NAOS (VLT), espejos deformables utilizados para la corrección del frente de onda y red de difracción holográfica.
    Optical Infrared Co-ordination Network for Astronomy - OPTICON

    Participation in OPTICON. One of the main goals of this project, to which many of the individual activities being carried out at OPTICON are also contributing, is to produce construction specifications for a European Extremely Large Telescope.

  • Fotos del interior y exrterior de la OGS
    Optical Ground Station- OGS

    Optical communication operations with the OGS. The aim of this project is to characterise optical communications from the earth to artificial satellites.