Technology

Technical facilities

The IAC has the infrastructures and the scientific and technical equipment necessary to carry out its technological support activities, both for the own projects of astrophysical instrumentation, as well as for external collaborations in R&D

  • View of a three-coordinate measuring machine in the laboratory. Granite table with a gantry machine with a meter sensor
    3D coordinate measuring machines.

    High precision three-coordinate measuring machines with and without contact

  • View of the head of the Laser Tracker System. Cylindrical device with optical and electronic components inside placed on a table
    3D Laser Tracker System

    Portable equipment for high precision measurements by optical means

  • Front view of the submicrometric meter. Electronic device with an indicator needle and several connectors and pilot lamps
    5-channel submicrometer measurement system

    Electronic equipment for measuring mechanical movements with high-precision

  • View of the alignment telescope in the laboratory. Small cylindrical telescope on an adjustable metal base
    Alignment telescope and accessories

    High precision telescope used for the alignment of optical systems.

  • General view of the aluminizing plant. Cylindrical machine of 3 m diameter open to allow the placement of a mirror in its interior
    Aluminizing chamber

    The aluminizing plant is used to replace the aluminum layer of the mirrors.

  • General view of the Astronomical Image and Sensors Laboratory (LISA). View of a laboratory with cabinets, a workbench and various electronic and mechanical elements and cables
    Astronomical Image and Sensors Laboratory

    The laboratory has the infrastructures and equipment to characterize astronomical sensors