UCL Department of Space and Climate Physics


Louise Harra at DKIST site

23 March 2015

The UK science community has secured a pivotal role in the world's largest ground-based solar telescope, the Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope. MSSL is developing cameras and instruments.

UCL to play role in world's largest solar telescope

Professor Louise Harra, Head of the Solar Physics Group at MSSL is currently visiting the site of the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), which is situated on the mountain of Haleakala on Maui in Hawaii. As can be seen from the photo above, construction is continuing, with the project on track for first light in 2019. When completed, DKIST will be the largest solar telescope in the world, with a primary mirror of just over 4m. This will allow scientists to study the surface of the Sun in unprecedented detail, providing a unique insight into how magnetic fields are generated and how they evolve with time. MSSL is part of a UK consortium providing cameras for the different instruments on DKIST. For more information on the role that MSSL are playing as part of the DKIST consortium.