Astronomical Instrumentation

This is the homepage of the Instrumentation Group, which incorporates the Optical Science Laboratory (OSL) and its offshoots OpTIC, and Zeeko Ltd. The group's research is in the development of novel instrumentation for astronomy and industry. A list of the members of the group can be found here

Instrumentation research and development within the astronomy group has several strands, covering topics from devising high precision polishing techniques for optical mirrors for large terrestrial telescopes to the design and fabrication of novel quasi-optical components for measuring the cosmic microwave background (CMB) from space.  The Optical Sciences Laboratory, (OSL), works in collaboration with the UCL spin-out company Zeeko Ltd and Glyndwr University to develop novel polishing technology at their site at St Asaph, North Wales.  OSL have also been involved in the design and fabrication of cameras for the Dark Energy Survey instrument on the 4-m Blanco telescope at the Cerro Tololo in Chile and continue to be involved in potential follow spectroscopic instruments.

In the field of infrared space missions we have been involved in the design and calibration of the Herschel SPIRE far-infrared and sub-millimetre camera and spectrometer and the Planck cosmic background survey mission

We continue to be involved in the calibration and exploitation of data from these missions and are involved in the design of SPICA, a potential follow on mission to Herschel. On the pure research side, we are currently investigating the use of quasi-optical "flat" lenses for future CMB missions, the theoretical design and implementation of space based interferometers in the far-infrared and some generic optical techniques for enhancing spatial resolution. In addition to these we are leading the consortium proposing the EChO mission (Exoplanet Characterisation Observatory), which is planned to measure infrared spectra of planets around stars other than our own, with a launch date aimed for the 2022-2024 period.

UCL Site
Adaptive Optics Herschel Large Lens
Active and Adaptive Optics Infra-red and Sub-mm Instrumentation Wide Field Survey Camera Optics
Past Projects    
Wales: OpTIC Technium / Glyndwr University
  Automated Optical Fabrication Optics Production and Testing
Novel Methods of Optical Metrology    

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