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.

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 the telescopes of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), Calar Alto Observatory, or aboard ESA or NASA space telescopes.

Calculating, simulating and designing the mechanical and designing thermal specifications of new astronomical instruments [more]
Building the structural parts of scientific instruments from metal or plastics processing by CNC machine tools [more]
Electronics for the operation, data acquisition and testing of scientific instruments [more]
Instrument control software for various types of astronomical instruments, as well as customized observation planning and data reduction [more]
Cryo and vacuum technology, calculations of optical systems, optimizing detector arrays, and organizational support for large-scale [more]
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