Current instrumentation projects

Overview of the most recent instrumentation projects with MPIA involvement.  The instruments CARMENES, GRAVITY, LUCI, MATISSE, SPHERE are operational, PANIC is undergoing an upgrade.  The remainder of the instruments is under development.

Ground-based instrumentation

Main projects

4MOST - 4-metre Multi-Object Spectroscopic Telescope – for ESO/VISTA
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 – for the Calar Alto 3.5m telescope
Contact scientist at MPIA: Ralf Launhardt/Martin Kürster
GRAVITY - The Universe in Motion. Precision Astrometry with the ESO/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 ESO/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
NTE - NOT Transient Explorer for the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT)
Contact Scientist at MPIA: Martin Kürster
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 – for the ESO/VLT
Contact scientist at MPIA: Markus Feldt

Other projects

ASTRAASTrometric 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 (NASA, ESA, CSA)
Contact scientist at MPIA: Oliver Krause
NIRSpec - Near-Infrared Spectrograph for the James Webb Space Telescope (NASAESA,  CSA)
Contact scientist at MPIA: Oliver Krause

WFIRST - Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (NASA)
Contact scientist at MPIA: Oliver Krause

Link: https://www.nasa.gov/wfirst

 
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