Designing, building and commissioning a complex astronomical instrument is a demanding task. MPIA's instrumentation and project management group includes engineers and scientists skilled in managing and supporting all aspects of such ambitious projects.
Successful instrument building has many facets: They comprise the management of consortia made up from different institutes and industry partners. They encompass carrying out reviews, establishing precise requirements for a project, and compiling error budgets. They includde more practical tasks such as planning and supervising system tests and specialized tests such as strain tests or tests at very low temperatures. They also involve the verification of an instrument's functionality and specifications. Such system engineering is essential for a successful interaction of multiple components to a sophisticated instrument.
Particular areas of MPIA specialities cover optical design for the infrared regime of the electromagnetic spectrum, the development of cryogenic systems, as well as integration and verification of dedicated infrared detector systems.