MPIA is active in developing astronomical cameras and spectrometers as well as more complex instrumentation such as LINC-NIRVANA. Our contribution to instrumentation projects - for some of which we take on a leading role as the so-called principal investigator (PI) institute - ranges from computer-aided optical design and mechanical construction to developing state-of-the-art electronics and software.
Advances in astronomy go hand in hand with advances in telescope technology. We are one of the leading institutes when it comes to developing ever better ways of improving angular resolution - from adaptive optics to interferometry to innovative data processing.
Support systems such as laser guide stars (ARGOS) and intelligent vibration sensors (OVMS) help telescopes to achieve optimum performance under extreme conditions. Our developments push the limits of engineering - as in the use of advanced, lightweight materials - and frequently involve collaborations with engineering research departments.
Current instrumentation projects involving the Galaxies and Cosmology department are:
LINC-NIRVANA - Interferometric NIR camera at the LBT
Contact scientist at MPIA: Tom Herbst (PI)