Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades Gobierno de Canarias Universidad de La Laguna CSIC Centro de Excelencia Severo Ochoa

Objectives and organisation

The IAC's Instrumentation Division provides technological support, and carries out research and instrument development projects generated by the centre's scientific programme. The Division's general aims are to:

  • Develop new instrumentation for astrophysical research
  • Provide support for the maintenance and improvement  of existing astronomical instrumentation at the IAC
  • Train technical staff
  • Generate and transfer technology to industry and other institutions

The Division is organized into two sections, Engineering and Production:

  • Engineering comprises five departments: Optics, Mechanics, Electronics, Software, and Project Management. The Electronic Design, Electromagnetic Compatibility, Optics, Fibre Optics, Optical Surfacing, and Mechanical Integration and Verification Laboratories, together with the CAD Room, are run by the Engineering Section.
  • Production consists of the Mechanical Workshop, the Electronics Workshop, and the Technical Drawing Laboratory; it also oversees the Dimensional Metrology Laboratory and the AIV Room.

Estructura Matricial

The Instrumentation Division has a matrix-like structure in which project managers coordinate the work of variously designated resources and fundamental services participating in a given project. The Head of Division, with the aid of the departmental heads, assigns resources and oversees the progress of the projects.

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