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Centre for Advanced Instrumentation

 Centre for Advanced Instrumentation

Upcoming Events

  • CfAI Seminar Programme
  • Wednesday 14th April 2018 1pm PH132 (Sir James Knott Room)
  • David Jenkins: MCAO RTC on the Xeon Phis
  • Abstract:With the next-generation of Extremely Large Telescopes (ELTs), the demands of adaptive optics real-time control (AO RTC) increase massively compared to the most complex AO systems in use today. The Intel Xeon Phi range of x86 CPUs, incorporating ≥64 general purpose x86 CPU cores into a single CPU package is ideally suited for acceleration of the reconstruction task of ELT scale AO RTC. We present a proof of concept AO RTC system, in collaboration with the EU funded Green Flash project, for ELT scale MCAO using an optimised RTC on Xeon Phi hardware to achieve the required performance.

Centre for Advanced Instrumentation

CfAI is one of the major research groups in the Physics Department at Durham with approximately 70 staff and research students. It is distributed across two physical locations, one of which is in the new Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics on the University science site in Durham, and the other is at the North East Technology Park (NETPark), an internationally recognised location for science and technology companies, based about ten miles away in Sedgefield, Co. Durham.

CfAI develops state-of-the-art instruments for application across a wide range of disciplines including astronomical instrumentation, biophysics, remote sensing and fusion diagnostics. Research outputs can be found by following the links to individual research areas listed in the menu on the left or by a search of Durham Research Online. We also have close links with the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy and the Institute for Computational Cosmology.


Vision Statement

To design and develop novel instrumentation based on cutting edge technologies with applications across a range of strategically important scientific areas.

Contact Details

Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics NETPark
Address Durham University
Centre for Advanced Instrumentation
Department of Physics
Science Laboratories
South Road
Durham
DH1 3LE
United Kingdom
Durham University
Centre for Advanced Instrumentation
NETPark Research Institute
William Armstrong Way
NETPark
Sedgefield
TS21 3FB
United Kingdom
Secretary +44 (0) 191 334 3588 +44 (0) 191 334 3588
Fax +44 (0) 191 334 3609 +44 (0) 191 334 4844

Contact Details

Centre for Advanced Instrumentation
Department of Physics
Science Laboratories
South Road
Durham
DH1 3LE
+44 (0)191 334 3588

Director: Prof. Ray Sharples

CfAI has diamond machined the optics for a camera on a lunar lander.

Lander

Luna-25 space station part of the Luna-Glob Moon exploration program. (Image credit: NPO Lavochkin)


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