Ground-based instrumentation

At MPIA, we develop and build state-of-the-art astronomical instruments for large optical telescopes. Our focus is on near-infrared instrumentation. Here is a list of all projects with MPIA involvement - often as part of international consortia:

Calar Alto

3.5m telescope

ALFA Adaptive Optics with a Layer for Astronomy Decommissioned
LAICA Large Area Imager for Calar Alto Operational
MOSCA Multi Object Spectrogragh for Calar Alto Operational
OMEGA 2000 Near Infrared Wide-Field Prime Focus Camera (2K detector) Operational
OMEGA CASS New Infrared Multimode Imager / Spectrometer for the Cassegrain Focus Decommissioned
OMEGA PRIME Near Infrared Wide-Field Prime Focus Camera Decommissioned
PYRAMIR Pyramid Infrared Wavefront Sensor Decomissioned
TWIN Double spectrograph for the 3.5m telescope Operational
CARMENES Calar Alto High-Resolution Search for M Dwarfs with Exoearths with Near-infrared and Optical Echelle Spectrographs Installation underway, survey start Jan 2016

2.2m telescope

AstraLux Lucky Imaging for high spatial resolution Operational
CAFOS Calar Alto Faint Object Spectrograph Operational
COUDÉ COUDÉ with MAGIC Decommissioned
MAGIC MPI for Astronomy general-purpose near-IR Camera Operational
PANIC Panoramic near-infrared camera Operational

1.23m telescope

CCD-Imager Charge Coupled Device Imager for the 1.23m telescope


ESO/La Silla

WFI Wide field imager on the ESO/MPG 2.2m telescope Operational
AstraLux Sur Lucky Imaging Camera at the 3.5m NTT Operational, visitor instrument


ESPRI / PRIMA Exoplanet Search with PRIma, the Differential Delay Line project for PRIMA (Phase-Referenced Imaging and Micro-arcsecond Astrometry) Differential delay lines installed in Sept. 2008, integration and tests of other subsystems in 2009, project on hold
GRAVITY GRAVITY is an adaptive optics assisted near-infrared instrument for precision narrow-angle astrometry and interferometric phase referenced imaging of faint objects. It will coherently combine all four beams from the VLT unit telescopes Under development, stepwise installation starting early 2016, science observations with whole instrument spring 2017
MATISSE Multi Aperture mid-Infrared Spectroscopic Experiment, a mid-infrared imaging spectro-interferometer for the VLTI under development, installation late 2016 - early 2017
MIDI Mid-infrared Interferometric Instrument for VLTI Decommissioned
NACO NAOS-CONICA adaptive optics system Operational
PARSEC the laser for the VLT Decommissioned
SPHERE Spectroscopic and polarimetric high-contrast exoplanet research, the VLT planet finder instrument Operational

Large Binocular Telescope (LBT)

LBT-SW LBT Software Development MPIA contributed to this project until mid-2009
LINC-NIRVANA LBT Interferometric Camera and Near-Infrared / Visible Adaptive Interferometer for Astronomy, an imaging beam combiner for the LBT Ready for shipping in Sep 2015, installation late 2015 - mid-2016
LUCI (previously "LUCIFER") LBT NIR spectroscopic Utility with Camera and Integral-Field Unit for Extragalactic Research, two NIR spectrographs for the LBT LUCI-1 and LUCI-2 operational
ARGOS Advanced Rayleigh guided Ground layer adaptive Optics System, the laser guide star system for the LBT Device for left telescope side installed, right side installation in 2016
OVMS Optical path difference and Vibration Monitoring System, a system of accelerometers distributed over the six telescope mirrors Operational

Wise observatory

LAIWO The Large Area Imager for the Wise Observatory Operational


MAX Mid infrared Array eXpandible Decommissioned

European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT)

METIS Mid infrared E-ELT Imager and Spectrograph METIS will provide AO supported diffraction limited direct imaging, low resolution longslit spectroscopy, high resolution IFU spectroscopy in the thermal infrared at 3 – 5.5 µm and 8 – 14 µm Phase B kick-off fall 2015
MICADO Multi-AO Imaging Camera for Deep Observations. Adaptive optics imaging camera that will provide diffraction limited imaging over a 1' × 1' field of view Phase B kick-off fall 2015
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