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Durham University

Centre for Advanced Instrumentation

 Centre for Advanced Instrumentation

CfAI Covid-19 Related Activity

Members of CfAI are directly involved in two Covid-19 related projects. In one project the precision optics facility is being re-opened to machine mould tools for infrared lenses for integration into a novel thermal imaging system. The second project is using an imaging system, designed within CfAI, to view with cellular resolution inside the lung using a micro-fibre optic endoscope. This is a collaborative project involving Durham, Bath, Herriot Watt, Dundee Universities and led by Edinburgh University.

Upcoming Events

OPTICON Multi Messenger Summer School: The school has been postponed to a later date due to the corona virus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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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 undertake a world-leading programme of education and research with international impact, based on the development of novel instrumentation and cutting edge technologies with applications across a range of strategically important scientific areas of benefit to modern society.

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
Joseph Swan Road
NETPark
Sedgefield
TS21 3FB
United Kingdom
Secretary +44 (0) 191 334 3588 +44 (0) 191 334 3588
Fax +44 (0) 191 334 3609

Contact Details

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

Director: Prof. John Girkin

A brand new EPSRC project's blog!

Congratulations to Dr Luke Tyas who has been appointed as a member of the Lead Observer team for the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument at the Mayall Telescope, Kitt Peak Arizona.

Final DESI Cable Complete!

DESI fibre team with final crate

Adaptive Optics Workshop

CfAI to Build GNIRS IFUs

GNIRS Integral Field Unit