Contact

Kürster, Martin
Martin Kürster
Head of the Technical Departments, Project Coordinator, Astronomer
Phone: (+49|0) 6221 528-214

Technical Departments

Flight model of the filter wheel developed at MPIA for the James Webb Space Telescope. The wheel, which is 30 cm in diameter, provides a variety of filters for the MIRI instrument.
Flight model of the filter wheel developed at MPIA for the James Webb Space Telescope. The wheel, which is 30 cm in diameter, provides a variety of filters for the MIRI instrument. [less]

Observational astronomy places high demands on its tools: telescopes and instruments. New astronomical instruments are almost invariably custom developments, the result of cooperations between the researchers themselves and partners in industry. Designing and constructing such instruments - from highly sensitive detectors to spectrographs - has a long tradition at MPIA, which boasts a dedicated community of scientists, engineers and technicians.

Under the leadership of Martin Kürster, MPIA's Technical Departments with their workshops and design offices participate in the development and construction of cutting-edge astronomical instruments which are then deployed at sites such as Calar Alto Observatory, the telescopes of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the large binocular telescope, or aboard ESA or NASA space telescopes.

Calculating and simulating the mechanical and thermal specifications of new astronomical instruments

Engineering design

Calculating and simulating the mechanical and thermal specifications of new astronomical instruments [more]
Building the structural parts of scientific instruments from metal or plastic using CNC milling machines

Precision mechanical workshop

Building the structural parts of scientific instruments from metal or plastic using CNC milling machines [more]
Electronics for the operation and testing of scientific instruments

Electronics

Electronics for the operation and testing of scientific instruments [more]
Instrument control software for various types of astronomical instrument, as well as customized observation planning and data reduction software

Software

Instrument control software for various types of astronomical instrument, as well as customized observation planning and data reduction software [more]
Cryo and vacuum technology, calculations on optical systems, optimizing detector arrays, and organizational support for large-scale projects

Instrumentation

Cryo and vacuum technology, calculations on optical systems, optimizing detector arrays, and organizational support for large-scale projects [more]
 
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