Instrumentation and Telescopes

Space Telescopes and Instrumentation

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Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation

Development and construction of state-of-the-art instrumentation for space observatories constitutes another major activity of the MPIA. These instruments are operated at the telescopes of several space observatories. The MPIA focuses on mid- and far-infrared instrumentation projects which are frequently carried out in international consortia.


PACS Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer launched 14th May 2009

James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

MIRI Mid-Infrared Instrument Under development
NIRSpec Near Infrared Spectrograph Under development


GAIA is the next major astrometric mission. It's primary goal is to study the structure, formation and evolution of our Galaxy by building a highly accurate three-dimensional map of over one billion stars as well as measuring their velocities, chemical compositions and ages. The GAIA group at MPIA is responsible for developing software to classify astrophysical sources and to determine their stellar astrophysical parameters.
classification    of objects Under development


Euclid is a Dark Energy mission within the Cosmic Vision Programme of the European Space Agency (ESA). It will map 15.000 sq.deg of extragalactic sky with high angular resolution visual imaging, infrared spectroscopy and photometry. MPIA's Euclid group is playing a central role in the NISP Near Infrared Spectrophotometer, providing photometry filters and calibration source, as well as the NISP-P Instrument Scientist and NISP Calibration Lead.
NISP Near Infrared Spectrophotometer Under development


EChO is a candidate mission to perform spectroscopy of extrasolar planet atmospheres. Equipped with a passively cooled 1.2m telescope EChO is proposed for the third medium-size launch opportunity M3 within the Cosmic Vision space science program of the European Space Agency ESA. MPIA is leading the assessment study for EChO's science instrument, a spectrometer for the wavelength range 0.4-16 μm.
EChO EChO Science Instrument Under development

Infrared Space Observatory (ISO)

ISOPhot Infrared Space Observatory Photometer Decomissioned

Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation

Responsible: Oliver Krause & Coryn Bailer-Jones
Last updated: November 18, 2012