Instrumentation Projects of the PSF department
The PSF department is involved in a number of astronomical instrumentation projects, ranging from space instruments like MIRI and long baseline interferometers like GRAVITY to Adaptive Optics instruments like SPHERE.
For a list of all current and past MPIA instrumentation projects, see the overview of ground-based and of space-based projects.
Current instrumentation projects
METIS is one of the three first instruments for the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), Europe’s next-generation ground-based telescope for optical and infrared wavelengths which is currently under construction at the ESO site at Cerro Armazones in Chile.
GRAVITY is a 2nd generation near-infrared VLTI instrument that combines the light of the four unit or four auxiliary telescopes of the ESO Paranal observatory in Chile.
The main objective of SPHERE is to detect and characterize, by means of direct imaging, giant exoplanets in orbit around nearby stars.
A mid-infrared imaging spectro-interferometer for the ESO/VLT. Contact scientist at MPIA: Thomas Henning
Mid-infrared Instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope (NASA, ESA and CSA)