Current instrumentation projects

Overview of the most recent instrumentation projects with MPIA involvement.  The instruments PANIC and SPHERE have recently become operational, whereas the remainder is under development.

Ground-based instrumentation

Main projects

4MOST - 4-metre Multi-Object Spectroscopic Telescope
Contact scientist at MPIA: Maria Bergemann/Wolfgang Gässler
ARGOS - Advanced Rayleigh guided Ground layer adaptive Optics System, the laser guide star for the LBT
Contact Scientist at MPIA: Wolfgang Gässler
CARMENES - Calar Alto high-Resolution search for M dwarfs with Exoearths with Near-infrared and optical Échelle Spectrographs
Contact scientist at MPIA: Reinhard Mundt
GRAVITY - The Universe in Motion. Precision Astrometry with the VLTI
Contact scientist at MPIA: Wolfgang Brandner
LINC-NIRVANA - Interferometric NIR camera at the LBT
Contact scientist at MPIA: Tom Herbst (PI)
LUCI - Large Binocular Telescope Near-infrared Utility with Camera and Integral Field Unit for Extragalactic Research
Contact scientist at MPIA: Roland Gredel
MATISSE - A mid-infrared imaging spectro-interferometer for the VLT
Contact scientist at MPIA: Thomas Henning
METIS - The Mid-Infrared E-ELT Imager and Spectrograph
Contact scientist at MPIA: Markus Feldt
MICADO- Multi-AO Imaging Camera for Deep Observations at the E-ELT
Contact Scientist at MPIA: Jörg-Uwe Pott
PANIC - PAnoramic Near-Infrared Camera for the Calar Alto 2.2m telescope
Contact scientist at MPIA: Klaus Meisenheimer (PI)
SPHERE - High-Contrast Adaptive Optics Instrument for finding and observing extra-solar Planets
Contact scientist at MPIA: Markus Feldt

Other projects

ASTRA - ASTrometric and phase-Referenced Astronomy upgrade of the KECK NIR interferometer
Contact Scientist at MPIA: Jörg-Uwe Pott

Space-based instrumentation

EUCLID - Visible and NIR wide-field imager to map the geometry of the dark Universe (planned ESA M-class satellite mission)
Contact Scientist at MPIA: Knud Jahnke
MIRI - Mid-infrared Instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope
Contact scientist at MPIA: Oliver Krause
NIRSpec - Near-Infrared Spectrograph for the James Webb Space Telescope
Contact scientist at MPIA: Oliver Krause
 
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